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Subject: Re: [office-comment] Schema copyright


Bob Jolliffe wrote:
> Hi Alex
>     Perhaps one way to move forward would be to raise a defect report
>     against IS 26300 complaining about the schema licensing? 
> Yes this would be one way of ensuring it is addressed. 
> But I would also be extremely reluctant to present this as a 
> particular problem with ODF.  I just took a look at the ISO29500 
> schemas from the ITTF free downloadable site and I see that they have 
> exactly the same problem.  In fact in some ways it is perhaps worse as 
> they have no copyright statement at all on them.  Perhaps there are 
> people who think that the absence of a copyright statement means that 
> they are in some way public domain.  Which might be the cause of 
> Murata-san's confusion.  But in fact, not only do you not have licence 
> but it is also not clear who you would get a licence from.  The 
> ECMA376 schemas are the same.

Yes, under the Berne Convention, copyright attaches at the moment of 
creation, without any special language, dating, etc.
> So it seems that OASIS, ECMA and ISO might be in need of some movement 
> here.  And probably others.  Anyway, the ODF issue has been raised now 
> on the comment list and I will raise it internally with the TC and OASIS.
A broader resolution of the issue would be better but won't be quick.

Hope you are having a great day!

> Regards
> Bob
>     This could be
>     tabled for the upcoming WG6 Paris meeting. Then the formal process
>     would
>     have to grind through to some solution - it's going to take lawyers,
>     rather than us techies, to sort it out so I suspect the impetus of a
>     formal process is needed to get action.

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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