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

From: Charles Reitzel <creitzel@rcn.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 13:06:22 -0500
Message-Id: <4.3.2.7.2.20030319123305.03183968@pop.rcn.com>
To: html-tidy@w3.org

I have done the following:

Updated the license page:
http://tidy.sourceforge.net/license.html.

Added a link to the above to the project page (something I have been 
meaning to do forever):
http://tidy.sourceforge.net/#license

Added license.html to the docs in CVS/distribution.

Also, changed references to INRIA to ERCIM in the sources (updating 2002 to 
2003 while I'm at it).


At 03:44 PM 3/19/2003 +0000, Dave Raggett wrote:

>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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