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Re: License discussions in progress at W3M

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 18:40:41 +0200
Message-ID: <482B1609.9080800@lachy.id.au>
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Cc: public-html@w3.org

Chris Lilley wrote:
> W3M has been discussing the request to publish authoring guidelines 
> under a more permissive license than the W3C document license. 

As the current editor of the authoring guide, I'd just like to say 
thanks for looking into the issue.

> Several options are under discussion, including:
> 
> - that the Document license already allows this under fair use

IANAL, but I don't believe the current document licence is compatible 
with the GPL or the GFDL, since it doesn't allow modifications.

> - that a different license is needed
> - that the Document license should be updated W3C-wide

I would be happy with either of those, though my personal preference 
would be to use the MIT licence, or even a very simple licence like that 
used for the WHATWG copy of the HTML5 spec, which simply states:

   "You are granted a license to use, reproduce and create derivative
    works of this document."

> - that this is a copyright and not a licensing issue.

I do not understand that statement.

> Discussion continues; this is just to let you know that the request 
> has been seen and is being discussed.

Thank you.

-- 
Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
http://lachy.id.au/
http://www.opera.com/
Received on Wednesday, 14 May 2008 16:41:20 UTC

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