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From Kevan Miller <kevan.mil...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: CC-BY in context
Date Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:31:55 GMT

On Jun 10, 2013, at 10:16 AM, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM, Jeffrey Thompson <jthom@us.ibm.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Regardless of what word you want to use, the effect should be that that I
>> can implement the specification and distribute that implementation under my
>> own license, even if I have to copy a schema or DTD into my code.  That
>> means that I can distribute that schema or DTD under my own license.
> 
> It seems to me that we are well into a hypothetical scenario that is
> unlikely to affect the ASF or any of our licensees.
> 
> For starters, the Creative Commons folks themselves don't recommend
> CC-By for software:
> 
> http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions#Can_I_apply_a_Creative_Commons_license_to_software.3F
> 
> For this reason, discussions within the W3C about new licenses have
> tried to make it clarify the situation.  An example (from 2011) can be
> found in the "option 1" box here:
> 
> http://www.w3.org/2011/03/html-license-options.html#licenses
> 
> The license referred to in final bullet can be found here:
> 
> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2002/copyright-software-20021231
> 
> Finally, the way in which software produced by the ASF makes use of
> HTML is fundamentally different than the much more tightly coupled way
> in which software produced by the Mozilla Foundation implements HTML.
> The Mozilla Foundation has previously determined that CC-By is not
> compatible with their current license:
> 
> http://www.mozilla.org/MPL/license-policy.html#Licenses_Compatible_with_the_MPL
> 
> I personally support efforts by Mozilla to ensure that W3C HTML
> specifications are not licensed in a way that prevent the Mozilla
> Foundation from releasing software products that implement HTML under
> the license of their choice.  To the extent that they are successful,
> the less likely it is that either the ASF or our licensees with have a
> problem.

Great background information. Thanks Sam!

--kevan


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