Re: Lotsa laughs
Chris Lilley wrote: > Of course. Otherwise, we have no recourse if some third party takes, for > example, the XML spec; chages it; copyrights it, and pursues W3C for > copyright infringement. This is a widespread erroneous belief. If something is placed in the public domain by its author (which requires an affirmative act such as "This work is dedicated to the public domain"), then *no one* can claim ownership of it. Anyone who modifies it can copyright only the modifications, and cannot claim infringement by reason of the use of the original document by its author or anyone else. The reason to copyright standards (and to forbid changes) is to prevent the creation of variant forms which might confuse the public. For example, the GNU General Public License may be used by anyone, but no changes are allowed, to prevent the proliferation of subtly incompatible GPLs. Neither can anyone but the author (or the author's employer, under restricted circumstances) claim copyright on any document. The Hill sisters *wrote* "Happy Birthday" (the words, not the melody); they didn't just (despite the legend) copyright it. (The copyright has now expired.) -- 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/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 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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