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XMLHack.com: Is W3C work incompatible with the GPL?

Jun 18, 2001, 22:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon ST. Laurent)

Note that, headline aside, this isn't a "sky is falling" story. Just an example of how the GPL interacts out there in the world with a well-established body that has its own licensing practices in place. Whether the GPL would be better for said organization or not is something we're sure someone has an opinion on:

"A recent discussion on www-dom-ts@w3.org highlights ways in which the W3C's model of collaborative development is quite different from some popular open source models.

While Curt Arnold was developing a set of XSLT transformations as a framework for the test suite work (which is being done in public), he concluded:

"I've been working under an assumption of good faith and have been making stuff available with no explicit copyright or terms of use. However, I'm starting to get a little uncomfortable with my personal exposure by doing this. By asserting a copyright and GPL, I at least cover myself by providing a standard liability disclaimer. I'm still free to donate the code to the W3C, when and if desired, to be released under an appropriate license."

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