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Quoting W3C Specs on WPD

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:23:23 -0500
Message-ID: <50B4E8FB.5050204@w3.org>
To: "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>, Wendy Seltzer <wseltzer@w3.org>
Hi, folks-

There have been a few requests to quote W3C specifications on WPD, in 
light of W3C's document license policy [1].

We've had some discussions about this in the W3C team, and we're agreed 
that this is okay, and are working on articulating this clearly.

Before we go much further internally, I wanted to show you where we are, 
and get feedback to go forward.

How does something like this strike you, as a FAQ item?

[[
"Can I use text from W3C Specifications on WebPlatform.org"

Yes.

W3C Recommendations are licensed under the
[http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2002/copyright-documents-20021231
W3C Document License], which permits reproduction in full with attribution.

Short quotations from any source may be made as fair use. In addition,
W3C grants permission to include longer direct quotations from W3C
specifications, under the W3C Document License.

Images and diagrams from specifications may also be used on the 
documentation site, with proper attribution.

To provide attribution, simply add a link to the quoted section of the 
specification along with your copied quote, like so:

((Add example here))

Web Platform Docs has a [[future_url| link to the W3C copyright 
notice]], which applies site-wide, so there is no need to include 
additional copyright information.
]]

Keep in mind that under CC-BY, people will be copying and reusing the 
content from WPD elsewhere, so whatever solution we come up with needs 
to take that into account.

Thoughts? Would this suffice? Do you have any other suggestions or 
things we missed?

(On a meta note, I think we need to be careful about quoting from specs, 
because they aren't really meant for web developers, but for software 
implementers.)

[1] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2002/copyright-documents-20021231

Regards-
-Doug
Received on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:23:35 UTC

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