[tei-council] Fwd: TEI licensing issues

Martin Holmes mholmes at uvic.ca
Mon Sep 12 13:02:12 EDT 2011

I've added links to everything specific, so not including e.g. "LGPL" 
without a version number.

I'm honestly wondering why we should be looking at such a broad range of 
licences. Could we consider the possibility of putting absolutely 
everything in the public domain (CC0)? Do we have anything to lose, 
other than attribution? And it seems to me that anyone using TEI stuff 
for any project would most likely be doing so _because_ it's a 
widely-known and broadly-supported standard, so they'd gain nothing from 
avoiding attribution.


On 11-09-12 09:18 AM, James Cummings wrote:
> On 11/09/11 09:21, Laurent Romary wrote:
>> Before we move to other issues here. Could someone with a good
>> knowledge in the domain of licenses summarizes the options,
>> considering the various type of objects we have to deal with
>> (ODD, schemas, doc, xslt...). We could have these put together
>> in the wiki, before we make a comprehensive proposal to the
>> board. Laurent
> I don't think I qualify as such, but since no one else has done
> so, I have done a first-draft at a table of objects the TEI-C
> produces, Current licences, and proposed Licences.
> http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/Council-licensing
> Warning: I may have got stuff entirely wrong, please feel free to
> correct, bonus points for adding in links to the licenses themselves.
> Feel free to continue debate here and/or on discussion tab on the
> wiki.
> Currently the stylesheets take the content of<availability>  for
> the output schemas when generated by Roma. I don't think that we
> should license the roma-output schemas differently than the ODDs
> themselves (and not sure how we would store different licences
> for different outputs in availability).
> My desire would be to consistently license across the board as
> much as possible, with the most open licences possible.
> Multi-licensing is fine if it makes it easier for people (like
> George) to use and doesn't confuse users.
> -James

Martin Holmes
University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre
(mholmes at uvic.ca)

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