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Re: What is Process Good For? licensing

From: Wendy Seltzer <wseltzer@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:49:06 -0500
Message-ID: <54908CB2.8020601@w3.org>
To: "Michael Champion (MS OPEN TECH)" <Michael.Champion@microsoft.com>, public-w3process <public-w3process@w3.org>
On 12/16/2014 02:29 PM, Michael Champion (MS OPEN TECH) wrote:
>> I believe we have that in the W3C Software License, a BSD variant that's already recognized as OSI Open Source and GPL-compatible.
> Is that appropriate for specs (as opposed to code) being incubated in GitHub/a Community Group? I think we want to keep this as simple as possible.
> 

The Software License refers to "software and documentation," but could
also be applied to any type of text.

It grants "Permission to copy, modify, and distribute this software and
its documentation, with or without modification, for any purpose and
without fee or royalty" provided you give notice of the license, include
any disclaimers, and give notice of modifications.

If those are the properties desired in a license, then the Software
License seems a fine one to use.

--Wendy

> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wendy Seltzer [mailto:wseltzer@w3.org] 
> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:21 AM
> To: David Singer; public-w3process
> Subject: Re: What is Process Good For? licensing
> 
> On 12/16/2014 02:13 PM, David Singer wrote:
>>
>>> On Dec 16, 2014, at 9:18 , Wayne Carr <wayne.carr@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> What's wrong with something like the BSD license?  or asking Creative Commons to create a simple document license that is compatible with GPL (and other popular software licenses) and that requires things like preserving copyright notices and disclaimers?
>>
>> It would be good to have a simple ‘please attribute but otherwise do as you will” text (copyright) license in existence that does not have the problems of cc-by.  ideally it already exists and we avoid license proliferation.
> 
> I believe we have that in the W3C Software License, a BSD variant that's already recognized as OSI Open Source and GPL-compatible.
> 
> http://opensource.org/licenses/W3C
> 
> We're aiming to take a first step toward more liberal licensing with the proposal, currently before the AC, to offer Code Components under the Software License:
> 
> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2014/doc-license.html
> 
> --Wendy
> 
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Policy Counsel and Domain Lead, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
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