[tei-council] ODD headers and licensing terms for customizations provided by TEI-C

James Cummings James.Cummings at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Tue Aug 10 05:28:30 EDT 2010

Laurent Romary wrote:
> Council: is there a voice again aligning Tite with the rest of the TEI  
> from the point of view of licensing?
> Laurent

I privately queried whether GPL was really the right thing to be 
licensing ODD files with since it is more commonly used with 
software, rather than some open data or open content license. 
Some of the decision about that hinges on what you 
philosophically believe the role of an ODD file to be (software 
library, data file, meta-schema, documentation, etc.).  However 
Sebastian convinces me that *changing* the license away from GPL 
midstream might be more annoying than it being licensed GPL. So I 
only comment on this for the record so that it is clear that we 
did at least consider the possibility of moving away from the GPL 
for non-software. And certainly this is *not* a voice against 
aligning Tite with the rest of the TEI Exemplar Schemas from the 
point of view of licensing...they should all certainly be the 
same license.


Dr James Cummings, Research Technologies Service
OUCS, University of Oxford

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