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W3C Updates General Document License - 30-Day Grace Period for Small Pubrules Change

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 15:48:15 -0600
Cc: Jérémie Astori <jeremie@w3.org>, Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, Ted Guild <ted@w3.org>
Message-Id: <27D655BA-F288-4D2D-BAFC-0918962F02AB@w3.org>
To: "spec-prod@w3.org Prod" <spec-prod@w3.org>
Dear Spec-Prod,

Today W3C announced the updated W3C Document License [1], which

  • permits non-specification derivative works, such as inclusion of specification text in software, in supporting materials accompanying software, and in documentation of software; and
  • makes all Code Components included in Specifications available under the W3C Software License [2] Code Components are defined to be Web IDL in sections clearly marked as Web IDL; and W3C-defined markup (HTML, CSS, etc.) and computer programming language code clearly marked as code examples.

Documents published under the previous license are also available under this new license. We have documented this point in the status section of the previous license and in a home page news item.

We have also updated pubrules to remove the phrase "All rights reserved” from the copyright statement. Through 8 March 2015, editors may publish documents that conform to either the old or new text. After that the Webmaster will ask for the updated copyright statement.

Let us know if you have any questions. We will also update the W3C IPR FAQ [3] in light of this new Document License, after the Patents and Standards Interest Group reviews our proposed changes.

Ian Jacobs

[1] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2015/doc-license
[2] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/copyright-software
[3] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/IPR-FAQ-20000620.html

Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>      http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
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