[tei-council] Fwd: TEI licensing issues
lou.burnard at retired.ox.ac.uk
Tue Sep 13 03:06:04 EDT 2011
Slowly catching up here in Paris, but this position gets a +1 from me
On 12/09/11 22:07, Martin Holmes wrote:
> > Maybe we in the TEI could set a good example to our users by dropping
> > the dog-in-a-manger obsession
> > with controlling what people can do?
> I really agree with this. Your examples below mirror my thinking
> exactly; if anyone can make money out of TEI, then that's good for TEI;
> and if we (TEI) wanted to make money out of TEI with a special version
> of the Guidelines, then we'd be free under a CC0 or CC-BY licence to add
> proprietary content which is under a different licence, and release our
> best-selling book without fear that it could be plagiarized.
> OTOH, if the Guidelines text is GPL'ed, then anything combined with them
> in that way would also be GPL'ed, so could be taken and sold by anyone
> else, undercutting us.
> I'm still prepared to have my mind changed by a scare-scenario I haven't
> been able to think of yet, though.
> On 11-09-12 01:59 PM, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>> Scenario a): suppose we one day think we want to produce TEI Guidelines Pro version, with more
>> examples, better prose, etc., to sell for big bucks. If we had CC0-ed it all, someone
>> else could cut us out.
>> Answer: well, we're not going to do this, are we? I feel we should keep the Guidelines
>> pretty much money free, and make money with other services. if someone else wants to make
>> TEI Pro, good luck to them.
>> Scenario b): someone takes the whole Gidlines, mangles it around, and produces something
>> they call Real Text Encoding, which people confuse with TEI.
>> Answer: if they do a better job, good luck to them. we should stand in their way with legal things?
>> Is anyone going to not get tenure, or fail to get a job, because the work they did on the TEI
>> Guidelines or something is narfed by someone else? That could happen under the current
>> regime, and our protection is our version control system and plagiarism detectors.
>> So I am finding it hard to see a disaster case from a blanket CC-by.
>> Maybe we in the TEI could set a good example to our users by dropping the dog-in-a-manger obsession
>> with controlling what people can do?
>> Sebastian Rahtz
>> Head of Information and Support Group
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