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From "Davanum Srinivas" <dava...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: w3c license versus svn
Date Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:37:57 GMT
No wonder we didn't check it in :)

-- dims

On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 1:09 PM, William A. Rowe, Jr.
<wrowe@rowe-clan.net> wrote:
> Here are the two major issues I see...
>
> Benson Margulies wrote:
>> May I check in tests distributed with the following notice into subversion?
>>
>> The entire contents of this directory and all its sub-directories are
>>           ***Copyright (C) World Wide Web Consortium 2006, 2007***
>>
>> They are made available under the terms of the
>>  W3C DOCUMENT NOTICE AND LICENSE,
>> available online at
>> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/copyright-documents-19990405.html
>
> You'll never be able to check in any other content into that directory or
> it's subdirectories, they would have to be the literal files from the W3C
> or that copyright statement would be invalid.  But you have no permission
> to modify that copyright statement to make it valid, so ASF files cannot
> coexist in that directory.  Digging into the license language...
>
>  Permission to use, copy, and distribute the contents of this document, or
>  the W3C document from which this statement is linked, in any medium for
>  any purpose and without fee or royalty is hereby granted, provided that
>  you include the following on ALL copies of the document, or portions
>  thereof, that you use:
>
>    1. A link or URL to the original W3C document.
>    2. The pre-existing copyright notice of the original author, or if it
>       doesn't exist, a notice of the form: "Copyright (c) [$date-of-document]
>       World Wide Web Consortium, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
>       Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique,
>       Keio University). All Rights Reserved.
>       http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/" (Hypertext is preferred, but a
>       textual representation is permitted.)
>
> Not unreasonble... with one caviat further below.
>
>    3. If it exists, the STATUS of the W3C document.
>
> Does this mean the STATUS for the snapshot?  If so, this doesn't look like
> a hardship.  If it means this must be frequently refreshed, that seems like
> an unreasonable demand.  [Future-present requirements on the licensor].
>
>  No right to create modifications or derivatives of W3C documents is
>  granted pursuant to this license. However, if additional requirements
>  (documented in the Copyright FAQ) are satisfied, the right to create
>  modifications or derivatives is sometimes granted by the W3C to
>  individuals complying with those requirements.
>
> This absolutely violates the spirit of the AL.  Not sure of our position,
> but it stinks of falling into Category X licensing, especially since that
> restriction is not prominently carried on the source files.
>
> And you don't even have the right to modify the files in order to make this
> additional restriction perfectly clear.
>
> Thoughts?
>
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