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Patent Policy FAQ on Normative References

From: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:41:53 +0100
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To: XMLSec WG <public-xmlsec@w3.org>


> 32. Can a W3C Recommendation normatively refer to technology  
> developed outside W3C with licensing terms that differ from those of  
> the W3C Patent Policy?
> Yes. W3C Recommendations may include normative references to  
> standards or technologies developed outside of W3C. However, the  
> Working Group should keep in mind the importance of royalty-free  
> implementations of Web standards. In the event it becomes clear that  
> the licensing status of those externally-developed technologies  
> could become a barrier to implementation of the technology according  
> to the W3C Royalty-Free (RF) Licensing Requirements, W3C may choose  
> not to publish the document or may launch a PAG.

(Just fyi.)
Thomas Roessler, W3C  <tlr@w3.org>
Received on Tuesday, 10 February 2009 11:42:04 UTC

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