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Schema usage and licensing

From: Tati Chevron <tati@gotati.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:31:38 +0000
To: public-schemaorg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20160208103138.GA25083@mercury.lan>

Could somebody clarify exactly how the licensing agreement described at
schema.org is supposed to apply to websites making use of this standard?

The schema.org terms of service note that, [the rights are],
"...licensed to third parties under the Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike License (version 3.0)".

I assume that the intent is to allow unrestricted usage of valid schema
markup, but protect the published standard.

However, my understanding is that a strict interpretation of this
licensing requirement would:

1. Require any website making use of the schema vocabulary to include an
attribution to schema.org.

2. Cause the content of any website making use of the published schema
vocabulary to fall under the same license.

So far, despite much interest in including such semantic markup in all
of my projects, I've completely avoided the standard described at
schema.org for these reasons.

Is this an open, un-encumbered standard or should I develop my own?


Tati Chevron.
Received on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 08:45:09 UTC

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