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Subject: Embedding IP/license information possible?


Apologies for the very delayed response!

On April 25, 2007 (I said it was delayed!), Marcus wrote:

> Chapters 2.x in the OpenDocument Metadata Use Cases and Requirements
> Document at
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/20492/UCR.odt
> describe several use cases for metadata in ODF. One important one is
> missing, I think:
> The possibility to include IP/license information into a document.
> Use case: A user wants to license his own document and add license
> information somewhere as meta information (e.g., using CreativeCommons
> licenses), is that possible?
> Quote from a discussion in OO.org's bug-tracker: "Creative Commons is an
> important way of adding IP licensing information to a document's
> metadata. Of course, it should be integral to an overall IP metadata
> format for OOo documents. A copyright notice, licensing information, and
> digital signatures are critical."
> (http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=29404)
The new metadata mechanism supports *any* metadata that you wish to 
attach either to a document as a whole or to parts of a document. For 
example, attaching IP information to a document as a whole and more 
specific licensing information to either quoted text or images.

In ODF 1.2 we have defined the *mechanism* for the attachment of such 
metadata. It may be possible in the future that the TC will undertake to 
define meatadata such as IP or licensing metadata for use with ODF 
documents. That will be a decision made by the ODF TC.

Apologies for the extreme delay in responding.

Hope you are having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - US TAG to JTC 1/SC 34
Convener, JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3 (Topic Maps)
Editor, OpenDocument Format TC (OASIS), Project Editor ISO/IEC 26300
Co-Editor, ISO/IEC 13250-1, 13250-5 (Topic Maps)

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