Re: A call for open source DTDs
Henry S. Thompson wrote: > In any case, as it stands a DTD is a document, and documents are ipso > facto copyright by their authors. You're certainly correct that if I > made a rational reconstruction of the DocBook or TEI DTD > functionality, I'd be on pretty safe ground, You would. > and even if I expanded > all the parameter entity references of e.g. the TEI under a given set > of switch settings, I might be able to get away with redistribution of > the result, although that's MUCH less clear. No, you would not, except as provided by some copyright license with TEI's copyright owners. As I posted before, the right to make derivative works is a component part of the bundle of rights that the copyright owner has. > The parallel with QuickSort is illuminating. If I redistribute YOUR > awk implementation of QuickSort, with our without relabling some of > the variables, I've violated your copyright. If I code QuickSort > myself in perl, I'm just fine. Correct. However, if the algorithm were patented (which it is not), you would have other problems. > If I use a2p on your source and > redistribute the results, the lawyers will have a field day. It's only the other fella's lawyers who will have a field day. Your lawyer will tell you to settle, and quick. Running a2p over a document is just like translating it into French --- you can't distribute the result without a license. BTW, these are all international (i.e. Berne convention) rules, not local law. -- John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan@c... You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5) xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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