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Re: Spec license (was: Re: Discussions with plh)

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 05:18:40 -0800
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, plh@w3.org
Message-id: <640CCC69-E576-4495-B393-173A3CB0C750@apple.com>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>

On Feb 2, 2009, at 11:47 PM, Henri Sivonen wrote:

>  * Is the intent to license the IDL pieces also under a software- 
> oriented license that has previously been found suitable for  
> licensing software interfaces in a way that doesn't unduly interfere  
> with the licenses of downstream projects using the interface  
> definitions? (Consider the recent W3C interface licensing discussion  
> in connection to use in Batik.)

For IDL, it would be helpful if open source browser engines such as  
Gecko or WebKit could incorporate it directly, so a license known to  
be compatible with the LGPL (for WebKit) and with MPL/LGPL/GPL tri- 
license (for Gecko) would be best. I believe an MIT style license fits  
the bill. This would also allow proprietary browser engines to  
incorporate spec IDL if they choose to.

Received on Tuesday, 3 February 2009 13:19:23 UTC

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