[tz] Use or Apply for SPDX Licence

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Sun Jun 21 19:49:13 UTC 2020

On 2020-06-21 13:00, Paul.Koning at dell.com wrote:
>> On Jun 21, 2020, at 2:18 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:
>> One of my worries here is that SPDX tagging will give people even more arguments
>> to sue me and/or the IANA. The SPDX website keeps saying things like "Certifier
>> recognizes that his good faith efforts may not shield him from liability if in
>> fact the work certified is not in the public domain." This leads me to think
>> that I don't want to be an SPDX certifier, and would rather that somebody else
>> take the additional legal liability that would arise from SPDX tagging. I've
>> already been sued one time too many for my volunteer work.

Fair enough: once bitten, twice shy, and all that.
That looks like a warning, similar to those regarding patents and so-called
"Intellectual Property", that may be inadvertently included in IETF documents,
that you agreed to when you submitted RFCs.
If you adopted one of the existing PD licences, you would just be using those
licences, terms, and labels.

> Indeed.  Given wording like that, US residents at least would be wise to run far and fast whenever this notion is proposed.  It may be that other countries have more sane judicial systems. If so, someone from one of those countries might volunteer to put on the tag.

Judicial systems, maybe some cases; legal and legislative systems: nah; they all
have trade offs built in.

The suggestion was to adopt a PD licence that is in effect for these works
outside the US; and an easy to use label for those. Those licences, terms, and
labels already exist for use with the non-PD components.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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