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Draft W3C Excerpt License (Re: WG Decision - spec license use cases)

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 17:07:31 -0500
To: public-html@w3.org
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Dear HTML Working Group,

This message is in response to "WG Decision - spec license use
cases" [1].

In response to requests from developers to make it easier
to include portions of W3C specifications in software documentation,
bug reports, code, and test cases, W3C have drafted a new
Excerpt & Citation License:
   http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2008/06-excerpt-license

The W3C Excerpt & Citation License would apply automatically to all W3C
Documents that carry the W3C Document license if adopted.

Information about expected use cases and how to use the license
is available in a supporting document:
   http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2008/06-excerpt-copyright

Comments on the draft are welcome to site-policy@w3.org before
**18 March 2009**.

It is my understanding that this current draft addresses the use cases
presented by the HTML Working Group at [1], with the exception of
continuing/forking the development of the WG deliverables in a non-W3C
venue whether or not W3C and/or the HTML WG cease operations (the last
two use cases in Henri's list). Uses like forking of a specification
would remain prohibited to protect the due process and the consensus
found in a chartered Working Group. I will continue to investigate the
possibilities of addressing this last need (in particular during the
upcoming Advisory Committee meeting), but the Group may wish to comment
on the draft in the meantime.

Philippe

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Feb/0388.html
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