Fwd: [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-241) Is W3C Community Contributor License Agreement a Category-A license?

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Fwd: [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-241) Is W3C Community Contributor License Agreement a Category-A license?

Ivan Herman-2

can you, please, answer Stian's question? This is related to the licensing of vocabularies, and me acting as a go-between would just distort the message…



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Hi, Ivan,

Who at the w3c would be best to help Apache Software Foundation understand the W3C Community Contributors License? (See below)

We are trying to figure out if things like oa.rdf can be included in Apache source code releases.

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Subject: [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-241) Is W3C Community Contributor License Agreement a Category-A license?
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Craig L Russell commented on LEGAL-241:

There is some background here: https://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/summary/

The licensing of W3C works is a two step process which involves two different licenses.

W3C COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR LICENSE AGREEMENT (CLA) while the specification is under development

W3C COMMUNITY FINAL SPECIFICATION AGREEMENT once the specification is complete.

Maybe someone better versed in W3C operations can shed some light.

> Is W3C Community Contributor License Agreement a Category-A license?
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-241
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-241
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Stian Soiland-Reyes
> In TAVERNA-932 we wonder if our use of https://github.com/apache/incubator-taverna-language/blob/0.15.0-incubating/taverna-robundle/src/main/resources/ontologies/oa.rdf is considered Category-A license.
> Note that the upstream file https://www.w3.org/ns/oa/oa.rdf (which must be fetched with {{curl -H Accept: application/rdf+xml}}) does not include file-headers - I added those based on the [parent document|http://www.openannotation.org/spec/core/20130208/index.html] which says:
> {quote}
> Copyright © 2012-2013 the Contributors to the Open Annotation Core Data Model Specification, published by the Open Annotation Community Group under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA). A human-readable summary is available.
> {quote}
> It is a bit unclear what the license for downstream readers actually is, as that [W3C Community Contributor License Agreement|https://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla/] is mainly written for W3C Community Group contributors (which incidentally includes myself).
> However it says contributions include:
> {quote}
> 2. Copyrights.
>     2.1. Copyright Grant. I grant to you a perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright), worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, copyright license, without any obligation for accounting to me, to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, distribute, and implement any Contribution to the full extent of my copyright interest in the Contribution.
>     2.2. Attribution. As a condition of the copyright grant, you must include an attribution to the Specification in any derivative work you make based on the Specification. That attribution must include, at minimum, the Specification name and version number.
> {quote}
> which to me sounds like a permissive category-A BSD-like license.
> What is the view of LEGAL?

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