[License-discuss] Derivative Works of a standard

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Sun Jul 8 20:15:15 UTC 2012

Lawrence Rosen scripsit:

> Many modern software standards, including the W3C HTML5 recommendation,
> are almost indistinguishable from code. 

I think HTML5 and EcmaScript 3 are pretty unusual in this respect, actually.

> That is why the OWFa/CLA agreements include an open source compatible
> copyright license -- just in case there is some copyrighted content in
> the specification that needs to be recast, transformed, or adapted. No
> reason to wait until some court analyzes John Cowan's contention in
> your jurisdiction; everyone should feel free to copy, create derivative
> works of, or distribute the specification because of the OWF license
> agreements.

A good plan.

John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org>             http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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