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Wed Sep 8 06:25:14 UTC 2010
Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Andrea Chiarelli wrote:
>> Does anybody know a project aiming to define a machine-readable
>> language in order to describe Open Source software licenses?
>> Something similar to CC REL (http://www.w3.org/Submission/ccREL/)?
> They already have machine-readable code for GPLv2
> (http://creativecommons.org/choose/work-html-popup?license_code=GPL) and
I don't think that is what the OP meant. I think they meant something like:
Whilst I think that a lot of legal documents would be a lot clearer if
written in programming language syntax, this is not going to work
because, in legal documents, every word tends to be carefully chosen,
and summarising in terms of keywords derived from another licence is
unlikely to reproduce the intended meaning accurately, and almost
certainly not going to reproduce it to the satisfaction of the drafting
> There is no reason this scheme can't be extended for other licenses.
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
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