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Re: copyright issue [RE: Formal Objection to Questions 1 and 2; Abstention on Question 3]

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 11:35:27 -0700
Message-Id: <747EE8D5-F3B2-41D2-BBC2-B11A3ABC30F8@apple.com>
Cc: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, public-html@w3.org
To: "Dailey, David P." <david.dailey@sru.edu>


On May 5, 2007, at 5:40 AM, Dailey, David P. wrote:

>
>
> Fri 5/4/2007 7:01 PM Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
>> Question 1: NO
> [...]
>
>> in addition, i am greatly disturbed by the implications of the
>> question, in light of the copyright claims on HTML5 and WF2 by a
>> number of developers.
>
> Hi Greg. You know it is interesting that you raise this question.  
> When it came time to vote, I noticed the copyright notice for the  
> first time and was curious about it. I had planned to ask a  
> question or point of order or something in www-archive (http:// 
> lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/ ).  I got busy and forgot.
>
> I would assume -- maybe naively -- that upon formal adoption of the  
> proposal, the copyright would be formally transfered from its  
> current owners to a state of joint ownership by both the companies  
> that created it and the W3C. I don't know how these things usually  
> work, but I seem to recall that at least some of the copyrights on  
> the work of the W3C are jointly held by W3C and MIT. I don't recall  
> signing any sort of a copyright release when I started contributing  
> to WHATWG, but I suspect there is a sort of implied license there.

In the original proposal, we agreed to arrange for a non-exclusive  
transfer of copyright to the W3C, so I don't believe there is a real  
problem here.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Saturday, 5 May 2007 18:35:35 UTC

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