[whatwg] Copyright of specifications

On Sat, 28 Aug 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Aug 2004 12:26:55 +0000 (UTC), Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > On Sat, 28 Aug 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> > > So that has changed from the previous situation where you made it very
> > > clear you were doing this as an individual.
> > 
> > You are mixing two things. First, WHATWG only recognises individuals, not
> > companies.
> Could you explain what this means? 

It means you won't see a company name in the list of members, only 
people's names.

> > Requesting an "urgent reply" for something like this would only serve 
> > to reduce my credibility within the company.
> but it's clear from this mailing list that this is an issue that the 
> WHAT-WG wants resolved (it's not just me who's asked about it)  So I see 
> no reason why it should, you're just the spokesman here.

For what it's worth, I actually did request an urgent reply, several 
times. I don't think it had much effect. :-)

> Me, I don't want permission to do anything right now, I just wanted 
> clarification of why a WHAT-WG specification is copyright a single 
> vendor, because I believe that limits the options of what could be done 
> - I don't want an open licence etc. I want it to be owned by someone, I 
> just don't want that someone to be a public company - I'd much rather it 
> was copyright Ian Hickson as an individual because I believe that to be 
> more trustworty than a company that could be bought at any time.

Hopefully the updated notice resolves your concerns.

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