As far as copyright.... It seems to me that Wendell covered this topic fairly extensively a few weeks back so you may want to check the archives. I do know (and I completely agree) that it was his opinion (or at very least he was very intrigued) that a really good way to go is via Creative Commons. You can select the exact elements you want for your license, make customizations you feel necessary if the standard licenses don't fit, and then generate a license with a URL to point visitors back to the online version of the license written in real world terms that are linked to the actual legalized terms of the license. I use version 2.0 of the attribution license for my web site/blog (http://www.mdavidpeterson.com) which basically states that you can use anything on this site, repost the content it contains, etc... but that you must simply refer back to the site and give proper credit to the fact that I created the content, or the software, etc... Basic stuff that helps ensure that other can't just claim content from my site and use it as if it was original work.
You can find them at CreativeCommons.org -- but if Wendell is around I might wait and see what he has to say on the manner as I know he has put a lot of time and effort into the subject and when you got a guy like Wendell on the case you definitely want to hear what he has to say as there are very few people on this planet that can see things, understand things, and then explain these things back to you in a way that simply makes sense....
Hopefully hes around today but if not definitely give the archives a shot -- I would search for "creative commons" over say the last 45 days and see what it returns... Look for anything returned that came from Wendell Piez.
Actually, interestingly enough, later tonight I am FINALLY going to take XSLTBlog.com live for the purpose of listing out of this world solutions (which it sounds like this could very well be), comments from myself or any number of my colleagues that frequent this list or a few other XML communities -- e.g. I know Kurt Cagle will be posting quite a bit as he and I talk about it all the time... in fact he is going champion the content development for another site of mine -- UnderstandingXML.com.. probably shouldnt have announced that quite yet but I'm excited about it and so is he so at least this will give people a heads up that it (as well as UnderstandingXSLT.com) will be coming online soon... Anyway, if you want to send me a link to where it can be downloaded (or send me a off-list email and let me know a user name and password you would prefer and I will set you up a user account on one of my servers where you can post it and link to it using the "http://www.XSLTBlogs.com/downloads" URI... Either way you choose I am most definitely interested in what you have created as I am sure many people on this list would at least like to take a look at it and provide feeback... If nothing else I will add it as a blog entry and try to see if I can help bring you some momentum for your project.
Looking forward to it!
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