[tei-council] Fwd: TEI licensing issues

Piotr Bański bansp at o2.pl
Tue Sep 13 08:24:13 EDT 2011

On 13/09/11 14:08, Laurent Romary wrote:
> I have felt that voices expressed so far (or unexpressed like me)
> would not go that far. And giving up attribution does not bring any
> flexibility, just removes our claim that we want to be cited. I've
> understood that the reference to GPL is somehow a mistake, so we
> should not bother too much. I'm trying to see whether we can converge
> at this stage. Are you saying you feel strongly indecisive?

I don't understand your questions, probably missing some of the
assumptions(?) Reference to GPL is a mistake?? I don't get that, GPL is
the most popular free/open software license, partly relying on the idea
that if people donate their time and skills to an open project, they
expect that project to remain open (not "to remain costless" but to
remain open). So far, the TEI has been compatible with GPL-ed projects,
am I to understand that we're going to become CC BY "good for art and
entertainment works, and educational works"?

"Strongly indecisive"?? :-) No, I'm saying that if we want to give up
the copyright then CC0 makes sense, and if we want to retain it then
*BSD makes sense, both of them having the potential to be included in
closed projects (as is CC BY), but at least both of them being
compatible with the GPL (as CC BY is not).


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