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

From: Fred Bone <Fred.Bone@dial.pipex.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 16:20:23 -0000
To: html-tidy@w3.org
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On 19 Mar 2003 at 10:12, 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.)

Well, there's the copyright notice in tidy.c, which states it's 
copyright W3C (MIT, INRI, Keio U). 

Without doing a whole raft of poking about, I have no idea whether 
the MIT Licence differs materially from the W3C one, or indeed 
whether the W3C one existed when Tidy was first released.
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