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Subject: RE: [office-comment] Schema copyright

Dear all,


The problem is not the copyright (which is joint in the case of IS 26300 I believe) but the license under which users may use the IS 26300 schema.


When a user downloads a Standard free-of-charge from ITTF's "Publicly available standards" site (http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/index.html) they have to agree to a licence which is quite restrictive. In particular, it states “[u]nder no circumstances may the electronic file you are licensing be copied, transferred, or placed on a network of any sort without the authorization of the copyright owner” – which is clearly inappropriate for schema use (as well as being prehistoric in its thinking – but that’s another issue).


To circumvent this, ISO have said any electronic attachments need to carry a license which derogates from the ITTF terms. They have proposed something BSD-like.


The UK is, I understand, raising this issue at the up-coming JTC 1 Plenary in Israel – a good outcome will be that ITTF monitors incoming texts and ensures these kinds of licensing issues are sorted out in the publishing process.


However, to be safe it would probably be wise for OASIS to hard-code the license they want into the comments at the head of all the ODF schemas so that they do not inherit the blanket restrictions ITTF impose on PAS-transposed text.


- Alex.


> -----Original Message-----

> From: MURATA Makoto (FAMILY Given) [mailto:eb2m-mrt@asahi-net.or.jp]

> Sent: 08 October 2009 05:31

> To: office-comment@lists.oasis-open.org

> Subject: Re: [office-comment] Schema copyright


> Rob,


> I should have been clearer.  The schema in DSDL Part 7 has copyright

> information.  I am suggesting this copyright information instead of the

> current copyright statement.


> I have assumed that you would like open source implementors to ship their

> source code together with the ODF schemas (with some modifications).

> I believe that the current copyright statement blocks such use.


> Cheers,

> Makoto


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