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Subject: Re: [docbook] Licencing

I'm sure that others in the group know this for sure and will correct me if I'm wrong:-), but my memory of the transition from SGML to XML is that "XML is SGML."

That is, a valid XML instance is also a valid SGML instance (the reverse, obviously, is not true:-).

If that is true, then it would seem that this license would still be fine (IANAL, but OASIS surely has one or more and could tell you for sure).

Richard Hamilton
XML Press
XML for Technical Communicators

On Feb 27, 2016, at 14:51, stressware@cock.li wrote:

> There are entity (.ent) files copyrighted by OASIS under the
> following licence:
>  Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this entity set
>  and its accompanying documentation for any purpose and without
>  fee is hereby granted in perpetuity, provided that the above
>  copyright notice and this paragraph appear in all copies. The
>  copyright holders make no representation about the suitability
>  of the entities for any purpose. It is provided "as is" without
>  expressed or implied warranty.
> But the files say they are derived from files under this licence:
>  Copyright (C) 1986 International Organization for Standardization
>  Permission to copy in any form is granted for use with conforming
>  SGML systems and applications as defined in ISO 8879, provided
>  this notice is included in all copies.
> Did OASIS get permission to relicence the files, or think that the
> derivation was trivial enough to not matter? By just looking at
> the licence information of the files, it seems they are violating
> the copyright of the original files.
> There is also the fact that the original licence only gives
> permission to copy for use 'with conforming SGML systems and
> applications', so if DocBook does not conform to SGML, it would
> also be a licence violation.
> An example file is attached.
> <ISOgrk1.ent>
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