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Re: Licensing

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 05:33:43 +0000 (UTC)
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, public-css-testsuite@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0801090527310.13181@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 8 Jan 2008, fantasai wrote:
> Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I think it would be good if the tests were licensed under the MIT license as
> > that makes it much more clear for software projects whether they can reuse
> > them. I believe the W3C Document License is currently not suitable for
> > everyone.
> Can you give a specific example, please?

The W3C document license doesn't allow for modifications, and requires 
more boilerplate than ideal. This makes it unsuitable for a number of 
projects. It also is not one of the most common licenses, and would 
therefore block anyone from, e.g., using these tests in a Google Code 
repository. I second Anne's request that a more suitable license be used 
(such as the three-clause BSD, Apache v2, or MIT licenses).

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