[tei-council] IPR inherent in TEI markup

Laurent Romary laurent.romary at inria.fr
Fri Jul 15 06:58:13 EDT 2011

Whereas I (of course) fully agree with the underlying principles, I am wondering if there wasn't a possibility for us, as an open standards organization, to adhere to some general principles that would just imply these kind of statements. My worry is that we may come up with a patchy IPR policy rather than one which would be simple and transparent.

Le 15 juil. 2011 à 12:40, James Cummings a écrit :

> I recently had a discussion with one of our licensing and IPR 
> experts (who will be discussing digital copyright at our Summer 
> School) who had some questions about TEI licensing because of an 
> issue being looked at by our legal services.
> Far apart from the interesting discussion on whether adding TEI 
> markup to a text is considered significantly interpretative to 
> count as developing IPR, he had a question about whether use of 
> the TEI in specific had any vested rights adhering to the 
> Consortium.  i.e. if someone uses the TEI to mark something up 
> does the TEI Consortium have rights in the document based on the 
> fact that we have designed the structures that are in use. 
> Clearly given a) that we describe the TEI as a 
> recommendation/standard and b) that we license the Guideline as 
> GNU GPLv2 would indicate that we don't want to express any such 
> claim.
> Although I think the TEI-C claiming IPR in any TEI marked up text 
> is ludicrous, commercial companies have certainly attempt similar 
> claims in the past (viz MS). I'd propose that on our current page 
> about licensing we simply include a statement to the effect that: 
> "The TEI Consortium will not express any claim of IPR in a text 
> solely because it is marked up in TEI."  or similar.
> Silly I know,
> -James
> -- 
> Dr James Cummings, InfoDev,
> Computing Services, University of Oxford
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