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RE: Draft HTML5 licensing survey

From: Lawrence Rosen <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:16:28 -0700
To: <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <04ef01cc03a7$30dbe180$9293a480$@com>
The W3C Document License incorporates the Copyright FAQ by reference:
"However, if additional requirements (documented in the Copyright FAQ) are
satisfied, the right to create modifications or derivatives is sometimes
granted by the W3C to individuals complying with those requirements." See

The Copyright FAQ (http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/IPR-FAQ-20000620) then
says: "See our patent policy FAQ for information about translations and
patent commitments." 

The Patent Policy FAQ: http://www.w3.org/2003/12/22-pp-faq.html. 

Sort of circular, I admit, and it relies on multiple documents to say
similar things, but at least W3C is *trying* to establish a consistent IPR
policy relating to copyrights, patents and trademarks. Maybe now that W3C is
finally coming to terms with a complete HTML5 licensing policy, we can
gather all those references into one IPR document and one IPR FAQ? 

In the meantime, as I said earlier, I'd be completely satisfied to have
W3C's express copyright and patent permission to create any derivative
software I want.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Maciej Stachowiak
> Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 4:48 PM
> To: Lawrence Rosen
> Cc: public-html@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Draft HTML5 licensing survey
> 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>.
> Regards,
> Maciej
Received on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 00:16:50 UTC

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