[tei-council] Fwd: TEI licensing issues

Piotr Bański bansp at o2.pl
Tue Sep 13 15:29:05 EDT 2011

On 13/09/11 15:06, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> We'd say
> Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
> modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
>     * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
>       notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
>     * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
>       notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
>       documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
>     * Neither the name of the TEI Consortium nor the
>       names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products
>       derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
> which is another way of saying CC-by, unless you're a lawyer or a FLOSS geek. The 3rd clause
> is actually quite useful to us.

I'm actually somewhat uneasy about the possible interpretations of this
last clause. On the one hand it sounds like a nice safeguard against
lame enterprises that try to use the TEI's shoulders to appear larger
than they are. On the other, does that mean that every TEI-based project
will now have to obtain a written permission to be able to say that it
is TEI-based?

Of course this boils down to the interpretation of "endorse" and
"promote". Hmm.


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