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  1. Legal Discuss
  2. LEGAL-241

Is W3C Community Contributor License Agreement a Category-A license?



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    • Priority: Major
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      In TAVERNA-932 we wonder if our use of https://github.com/apache/incubator-taverna-language/blob/0.15.0-incubating/taverna-robundle/src/main/resources/ontologies/oa.rdf is considered Category-A license.

      Note that the upstream file https://www.w3.org/ns/oa/oa.rdf (which must be fetched with curl -H Accept: application/rdf+xml) does not include file-headers - I added those based on the parent document which says:

      Copyright © 2012-2013 the Contributors to the Open Annotation Core Data Model Specification, published by the Open Annotation Community Group under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA). A human-readable summary is available.

      It is a bit unclear what the license for downstream readers actually is, as that W3C Community Contributor License Agreement is mainly written for W3C Community Group contributors (which incidentally includes myself).

      However it says contributions include:

      2. Copyrights.

      2.1. Copyright Grant. I grant to you a perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright), worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, copyright license, without any obligation for accounting to me, to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, distribute, and implement any Contribution to the full extent of my copyright interest in the Contribution.

      2.2. Attribution. As a condition of the copyright grant, you must include an attribution to the Specification in any derivative work you make based on the Specification. That attribution must include, at minimum, the Specification name and version number.

      which to me sounds like a permissive category-A BSD-like license.

      What is the view of LEGAL?


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                stain Stian Soiland-Reyes
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