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Re: RDF/XML's legal status (was: application/rdf+xml ...)

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 21:31:27 -0500
Message-ID: <3C9D3A7F.2060900@mitre.org>
To: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
CC: Jan Grant <Jan.Grant@bristol.ac.uk>, Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@mimesweeper.com>, RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>

If someone wants to perform this "experiment", I'd suggest we do it in 
the US, and line up the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of time to 
help.  Freedom of (machine-readable) speech should be our line.


Aaron Swartz wrote:

> On 2002-03-23 5:17 AM, "Jan Grant" <Jan.Grant@bristol.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>>   It is important to note that RDF language is used to transmit
>>>>   meaningful information, and thus has the same legal status as
>>>>   assertions, in say, English would.
>>>I strongly suggest dropping this last paragraph.  If there's anything
>>>likely to snarl up approval through IETF/IESG/IANA processes, I think this
>>>is it.  And it's not necessary to make this point for registering the
>>>content type.
>>I'd agree with Graham here; actually, I'd go further. RDF does _not_
>>have the same legal status as written English assertions until test
>>cases say it does.
> Test cases, hm. Anyone wanna volunteer to get sued? ;-)

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