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W3C Excerpt and Citation license

From: Ted Guild <ted@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 19:16:54 -0500
To: Daniel Veillard <veillard@redhat.com>, Samuel Hocevar <sam@zoy.org>
Cc: debian-legal@lists.debian.org, www-archive@w3.org
Message-ID: <nnbwsb3qzd5.fsf@dev-null.guilds.net>
Daniel, Sam,

W3C is creating an excerpt license (current draft online [1]) and
hoping to get public review and feedback, including particularly from
the Open Source community.  This is a complement to our existing
document license [2] and trying to further ease the use of our
materials while also trying to preserve the integrity of our Open

For instance, a concern [3] in the case of Open Standards is that
derivative works might threaten interoperability.  I recalled
correspondence with Daniel Veillard about some of the discussion along
these lines concerning W3C's document license when including DTD's in
libxml which is why I am writing you.  We plan on explaining the
nuances of these concerns in our IPR FAQ [4].

While not as relaxed as GPL, BSD, Apache License, some CC licenses or
other licenses we hope the Open Source community continues to find our
licensing suitable for your needs.

Could you please relay this to appropriate parties within your
respective organizations asking for feedback.

Much obliged,

[1] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2008/06-excerpt-license.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2002/copyright-documents-20021231
[3] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2008/06-excerpt-copyright.html
[4] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/IPR-FAQ-20000620
Ted Guild <ted@w3.org>
W3C Systems Team
Received on Friday, 6 March 2009 00:17:47 UTC

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