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Re: Draft HTML5 licensing survey

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:48:15 -0700
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-id: <B1FB1275-AAC5-470E-B3F9-12993F9AC41E@apple.com>
To: Lawrence Rosen <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>

On Apr 25, 2011, at 4:30 PM, Lawrence Rosen wrote:

> Maciej Stachowiak asked:
>> Can you cite the extra patent coverage or clarity that the Option 3
>> license has relative to CC0 or the MIT license? I expect a pointer
>> would be useful to WG members.
> I'm being intentionally precise (anal-retentive, as are all lawyers and
> standards people). Options 1 and 3, for example, include these words:
>   W3C liability and trademark rules apply. As a whole, this document 
>   may be used according to the terms of the W3C Document License. 
>   In addition, to facilitate implementation of the technical specifications
>   set forth in this document, anyone may prepare and distribute derivative
>   works and portions of this document in software, in supporting materials
>   accompanying software, and in documentation of software, PROVIDED that
>   all such works include the notice below....
> This means that there is in overarching license, the W3C Document License,
> which specifies copyright and patent terms for all W3C documents. *In
> addition*, there is permission to prepare and distribute software *without
> limiting the software license in any way*. 

I think I need some more help. What are the patent terms specified in the W3C Document License? I assume this is the W3C Document License in question: <http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2002/copyright-documents-20021231>.

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