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Re: Copyright of test materials

From: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@epimorphics.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:46:53 +0100
Message-ID: <4F83046D.20206@epimorphics.com>
To: public-rdf-dawg@w3.org
W3C makes tests are available under two licenses, one of which is not an 
open source license.

The tests README, and the test case structure document and any collected 
artifact should include both license options.

A link to
   http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2008/04-testsuite-copyright.html
should do for documents.  There's a "how to use" section on that page.

The policies for contribution of Test Cases to W3C are still unclear to 
me but I think test cases, or modifications of test cases, from outside 
the group need to include a completed "Grant I".

	Andy


On 10/01/12 16:28, Andy Seaborne wrote:
>
>
> On 03/01/12 12:14, Axel Polleres wrote:
>>
>>> It does strongly suggest we (SPARQL-WG) need a LICENSE, and probably a
>>> NOTICE file, in each directory.
>>
>>
>> Is this something we should put on the agenda in one of the coming
>> conf. calls? (If we need that we at least need to action someone to
>> draft the notice and put it in each directory, right?
>
> Yes, we should.
>
> I think we need a formal statement from W3C on what the minimum
> requirements are as well. At some level, we don't have a completely free
> choice here.
>
> FWIW: For Jena, we put LICENSE files and also headers in manifests but
> did not add a header to every file. The argument that adding a 15 line
> header to a 2 line file was acceptable.
>
> But here I think we need NOTICE as there are required obligations on
> anyone redistributing the tests (e.g. in a system test suite). The W3C
> test suite license has an important clause stopping changes to the tests
> for obvious reasons.
>
> The DAWG tests are under the old regime which is the W3C Software
> license. It has no obligations to pass on.
>
> Andy
>
> In Apache and, I believe, more generally in open source,
>
> LICENSE is to the person picking it up.
> NOTICE files contains information that must be passed on.
> This should be minimal.
>
>>
>> Axel
>>
>> On 13 Dec 2011, at 10:46, Andy Seaborne wrote:
>>
>>> Sandro,
>>>
>>> Helpful (I didn't know that tests were separately licensed).
>>>
>>> It does strongly suggest we (SPARQL-WG) need a LICENSE, and probably a
>>> NOTICE file, in each directory. Ideally, each test file would have a
>>> one liner to refer to this, and the manifest needs the longer form.
>>>
>>> If we agree, this can be mechanically add to the test suite.
>>>
>>> I hope we do not need to put the ~30 line W3C License in each file
>>> because that's quite heavy weight for such small files.
>>>
>>> The LICENSE file would contain the content of:
>>> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2008/04-testsuite-license.html
>>> (W3C Test Suite Licence)
>>>
>>> and the NOTICE file is an assertion of copyright
>>>
>>> """
>>> The files in this directory included material that is
>>> (c) 2011 World Wide Web Consortium, (Massachusetts Institute of
>>> Technology, European Research Consortium for Informatics and
>>> Mathematics, Keio University) and others. All Rights Reserved.
>>> """
>>>
>>> This does not define the copyright situation - and I see that the test
>>> suite license says "and others" and
>>> """
>>> THIS WORK IS PROVIDED BY W3C, MIT, ERCIM, KEIO UNIVERSITY, THE COPYRIGHT
>>> HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS"
>>> """
>>> so the answer seems to be that the copyright is retained by the original
>>> submitter. This makes sense as copyright transfer is different in
>>> different jurisdictions (if it is possible at all).
>>>
>>> IANAL.
>>>
>>> This makes sense as copyright transfer is different in different
>>> jurisdictions (if it is possible at all).
>>>
>>> I would like to get a definitive answer or at least one that has some
>>> precedence.
>>>
>>> Andy
>>>
>>>
>>> On 13/12/11 05:32, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>>>> Quick answer, on my way to bed. Maybe this helps:
>>>> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2008/04-testsuite-copyright.html
>>>>
>>>> -- Sandro
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
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