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

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2009 14:05:26 -0500
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <1236366326.3200.88.camel@localhost>
On Thu, 2009-03-05 at 11:59 -0800, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> It is not clear to me that this license addresses the use case of spec  
> excerpts (including IDL) in LGPL-licensed software. The LGPL does not  
> allow additional restrictions on an LGPL-licensed work, including  
> field-of-use restrictions. I am by no means a legal expert, but the  
> "no derivative specifications" clause seems prima facie incompatible  
> with the LGPL. Has the W3C sought a legal opinion regarding  
> compatibility of this license with the MPL, LGPL and GPL?

We did not at this point but our staff counsel probably gave it some
thoughts. I'd like to see the proposal from W3C has very preliminary and
more thoughts have to be given to it before we get to some final
proposal.

Philippe
Received on Friday, 6 March 2009 19:05:40 UTC

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