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Re: Draft W3C Excerpt License (Re: WG Decision - spec license use cases)

From: Eduardo Gutentag <Eduardo.Gutentag@Sun.COM>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2009 16:19:41 -0800
To: "T.V Raman" <raman@google.com>
Cc: jonas@sicking.cc, ian@hixie.ch, plh@w3.org, public-html@w3.org, site-policy@w3.org
Message-id: <49B1BD9D.5030808@sun.com>


On 03/06/2009 03:25 PM, T.V Raman wrote:
> Eduardo,
> You clearly missed the smiley at the end of the assertion"you're
> in MIT".
>   

I may have. But I didn't miss the fact that you specifically suggested 
that  W3C could reuse the MIT-style license  ;-)
> The primary purport of the message wasn't to say W3C should use
> the MIT license, rather, it was to say we shouldn't be causing
> license proliferation by creating yet another new license. 

Ah, I didn't read it like that, I thought you were criticizing W3C for 
wasting money. You did say "it's a source of expense that W3C could 
avoid in these hard times"

> It is
> critical for many of the Open Source projects building on W3C
> Specs to have a license that is compatible with the underlying
> codebase --- and I believe  an exercise to create a license that
> matches those needs will ultimately culminate in a license that
> is as much  the same as one of the existing Apache or BSD style licenses.
>   

I am not a lawyer, so I'm not sure a license designed for source code 
licensing would be appropriate for the designated purpose of the 
inclusion of portions of specifications into source code documentation. 
Perhaps we should consult with a lawyer? ;-)

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