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Re: Ambiguous copyright ownership and licenses of HTML Tidy on SF

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 15:44:37 +0000 (GMT)
To: Joseph Reagle <reagle@w3.org>
cc: html-tidy@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.53.0303191540091.1093@localhost.localdomain>

The copyright message and software licence is included in tidy.h and
referenced from the other files. The copyright is assigned to W3C
(MIT, INRIA and Keio) and needs to be updated to refer to ERCIM in
place of INRIA.

I agree that it might be helpful to make the license easier to find.

 Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>  W3C lead for voice/multimodal.
 http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett +44 1225 866240 (or 867351)

On Wed, 19 Mar 2003, Joseph Reagle wrote:

> Hi Dave,
> I've noted some ambiguity with respect to the disposition of HTML Tidy on
> SF. I can't find any copyright notice in:
>   http://cvs.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/tidy/
> and on:
>   http://sourceforge.net/projects/tidy
> it does not state the owner, and mistakenly (?) states MIT License.
> The SF FAQ states that the author of the materials is the owner [1] and one
> should avoid the misconception that, "software does not actually have a
> license holder, because of its free nature."
> [1] http://gro.clinux.org/docs/site/faq.php#whohost-owns
> If the software, or some part, is owned by the W3C, it should have a
> document describing the ownership, for example:
>   http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/copyright-software-short-notice
>   http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/copyright-software
> and the SF project should be tweaked to reflect the W3C Software License is
> the operative license.
>   http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=320
> (If this is not the case, again, it would be useful to have a document
> making this clear.)
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