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From "Sam Ruby (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-241) Is W3C Community Contributor License Agreement a Category-A license?
Date Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:03:40 GMT

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Sam Ruby commented on LEGAL-241:
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Like Henri, I was surprised to see the definition of 'you' in the CLA.  My read is that contributors
license their work to everybody.  At the time of a final specification, the W3C provides an
additional license.  Cool.

I'm not concerned about most of the portions Henri refers to as patent tweaks.  They appear
incorporate material that we have in our FAQ into the license itself.  Mostly they appear
to limit which patents in a contributor's portfolio would be considered to be contributed,
scoping it to the the contents of the specification at the time of the contribution.  Additionally
there is (yes, oddly worded) text that seems to be saying the same thing as our termination
clause.

A way to deal with the time limit clause may be to consider the W3C ICLA to be category A
only after it has been published for the requisite period of time.

> Is W3C Community Contributor License Agreement a Category-A license?
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-241
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-241
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Stian Soiland-Reyes
>
> In TAVERNA-932 we wonder if our use of https://github.com/apache/incubator-taverna-language/blob/0.15.0-incubating/taverna-robundle/src/main/resources/ontologies/oa.rdf
is considered Category-A license.
> Note that the upstream file https://www.w3.org/ns/oa/oa.rdf (which must be fetched with
{{curl -H Accept: application/rdf+xml}}) does not include file-headers - I added those based
on the [parent document|http://www.openannotation.org/spec/core/20130208/index.html] which
says:
> {quote}
> Copyright © 2012-2013 the Contributors to the Open Annotation Core Data Model Specification,
published by the Open Annotation Community Group under the W3C Community Contributor License
Agreement (CLA). A human-readable summary is available.
> {quote}
> It is a bit unclear what the license for downstream readers actually is, as that [W3C
Community Contributor License Agreement|https://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla/]
is mainly written for W3C Community Group contributors (which incidentally includes myself).

> However it says contributions include:
> {quote}
> 2. Copyrights.
>     2.1. Copyright Grant. I grant to you a perpetual (for the duration of the applicable
copyright), worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, copyright license, without
any obligation for accounting to me, to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display,
publicly perform, sublicense, distribute, and implement any Contribution to the full extent
of my copyright interest in the Contribution.
>     2.2. Attribution. As a condition of the copyright grant, you must include an attribution
to the Specification in any derivative work you make based on the Specification. That attribution
must include, at minimum, the Specification name and version number.
> {quote}
> which to me sounds like a permissive category-A BSD-like license.
> What is the view of LEGAL?



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