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Re: Document licenses...

From: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:25:33 +0100
To: Scheppe, Kai-Dietrich <k.scheppe@telekom.de>
Cc: "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>
Message-ID: <ACB6D3E0114848F1B8DC816BC2EB6D87@marcosc.com>



On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM, Scheppe, Kai-Dietrich wrote:

> Hi Chaals,
> Can you elaborate?
>  
> I thought that basically citing a spec is perfectly admissible by the current license as long as it is a proper citation.
> This seems to validated by [1], where is says a link or URL plus the copyright notice must be provided along with the text that is being used.
>  
> I am not sure what value the full inclusion of the spec has, when a reference is generally enough and also avoids document management issues.
Kai is probably right.  

Here is a personal use case:  
https://raw.github.com/marcoscaceres/ECMAScriptInJS/master/WebIDL.js  

Which has:
"
*This program reproduces parts of the WebIDL Specification (Candidate Recommendation):  
*http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/WebIDL/
 *Which is copyright © 2012 World Wide Web Consortium, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  
*European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, Keio University).  
*All Rights Reserved. http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2002/copyright-documents-20021231


"

I'm copy/pasting the whole spec, and I'm coding around it.  

To the Copyright FAQ [2], I think it would be great if there was a "I'm a Developer, can I copy parts of the specification and redistribute the work?" kind of clarification to handle what I am doing in the above.

[1] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2002/copyright-documents-20021231
[2] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/IPR-FAQ-20000620
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Marcos Caceres
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