W3C Updates General Document License - 30-Day Grace Period for Small Pubrules Change

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W3C Updates General Document License - 30-Day Grace Period for Small Pubrules Change

Ian Jacobs-2
Dear Spec-Prod,

Today W3C announced the updated W3C Document License [1], which

  • permits non-specification derivative works, such as inclusion of specification text in software, in supporting materials accompanying software, and in documentation of software; and
  • makes all Code Components included in Specifications available under the W3C Software License [2] Code Components are defined to be Web IDL in sections clearly marked as Web IDL; and W3C-defined markup (HTML, CSS, etc.) and computer programming language code clearly marked as code examples.

Documents published under the previous license are also available under this new license. We have documented this point in the status section of the previous license and in a home page news item.

We have also updated pubrules to remove the phrase "All rights reserved” from the copyright statement. Through 8 March 2015, editors may publish documents that conform to either the old or new text. After that the Webmaster will ask for the updated copyright statement.

Let us know if you have any questions. We will also update the W3C IPR FAQ [3] in light of this new Document License, after the Patents and Standards Interest Group reviews our proposed changes.

Ian Jacobs

[1] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2015/doc-license
[2] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/copyright-software
[3] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/IPR-FAQ-20000620.html

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Robin Berjon-6
On 06/02/2015 22:48 , Ian Jacobs wrote:
> We have also updated pubrules to remove the phrase "All rights
> reserved” from the copyright statement. Through 8 March 2015, editors
> may publish documents that conform to either the old or new text.
> After that the Webmaster will ask for the updated copyright
> statement.

ReSpec has been updated, this will ship with the next release. I presume
someone will handle this for Specberus?

Question: how does this affect dual-CC-BY specifications that have a
"Some Rights Reserved: this document is dual-licensed" mention?

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Ian Jacobs-2

> On Feb 6, 2015, at 4:52 PM, Robin Berjon <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> On 06/02/2015 22:48 , Ian Jacobs wrote:
>> We have also updated pubrules to remove the phrase "All rights
>> reserved” from the copyright statement. Through 8 March 2015, editors
>> may publish documents that conform to either the old or new text.
>> After that the Webmaster will ask for the updated copyright
>> statement.
>
> ReSpec has been updated, this will ship with the next release. I presume someone will handle this for Specberus?
>
> Question: how does this affect dual-CC-BY specifications that have a "Some Rights Reserved: this document is dual-licensed" mention?

Good question. I believe it does not affect those specs that already have special licensing.

Ian

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> Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
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