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Re: XProc - patent issues?

From: James Fuller <james.fuller.2007@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 11:31:59 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=K1UkpTke+ecVEP8BfttN3x5aD+SRc0G8k=YbH@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ben Griffin // Obyx Author" <ben@obyx.org>
Cc: xproc-dev@w3.org
On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 6:36 PM, Ben Griffin // Obyx Author <ben@obyx.org> wrote:
> Recently I was introduced to XProc via a paper written for Balisage 2010.
>
> I was quite astounded. The more I looked at it, XProc appears to be very similar to the language ( Obyx, under GPLv3 ) that I and my colleagues have been authoring (along with it's engine) since March 2003.
> Indeed, the very early versions of Obyx had identical keywords (such as source, sink, and so on).

much appreciated if can you provide any links to this I would be
interested to review ?

as for identical keywords/concepts, this happens all the time in
programming  ... just look across any set of programming languages to
confirm this.

I think there are plenty of a priori work that has informed XProc
(even something like Apache Ant) but I think its clear how W3C specs
work with respect to IP.

> I am now concerned that at some later date, someone may think that we have been using ideas or technologies taken from XProc (which is just not the case) and consider legal actions based on copyright, patent, or other IP issues. What assurances do I have that this will not happen?
>
> If this is message is going to the wrong place, I apologise, and kindly ask you to forward it to the correct person.

all members of the XProc WG are on this list so no doubt you will get contacted.

Jim Fuller
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