[OSGeo-Discuss] Software Copyright ownership

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Mon Dec 14 10:43:02 PST 2009

One example of the restrictions Luis is talking about is the prohibition
against distributing certain cryptographic software outside of the US:


Don't know that OSGeo would bump into that, but it is one example of a
US specific restriction on organizations involved in software

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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Luis W. Sevilla
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Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Software Copyright ownership

    one thing must be taken in account, IMHO. If I'm not wrong OSGeo is 
an USA foundation (is registered in the States, and must follow his 
laws, of course. As USA maintains a commercial embargo to Cuba [1], it 
seems there are a lot of things in technology fields restricted to 
American companies (and also foundations).

    If OSGeo will not became a more global (not so USA laws conditioned)

institution, it doesn't seem so good the idea of giving all and every 
copyrights to the foundation.

    My two cents

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_embargo_against_Cuba
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