[rfc-i] Copyright and the Independent Stream

Joe Touch touch at ISI.EDU
Mon Sep 14 16:58:08 PDT 2009


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Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> On 2009-09-15 10:11, Joel M. Halpern wrote:
>> After chatting with Dave off-line to make sure I understood him,
>> the text in Section 3 needs minor clarification.
>> Currently it reads:
>>     Note also that this unlimited derivative works policy applies to all
>>     parts of an Independent Stream document, including any code.
>>     Therefore, no separate licensing procedure is required for extracting
>>     and adapting code that is contained in an Independent Stream
>>     document.
>>
>> This leads to the question Dave (and others) have asked.
>> My suggested fix, if folks find it workable, would be
>>     Note also that this unlimited derivative works policy applies to all
>>     parts of an Independent Stream document, including any code.
>>     Therefore, for documents submitted under the preferred unlimited
>>     derivative works policy, no separate licensing procedure is
>>     required for extracting and adapting code that is contained in
>>     an Independent Stream document.  Code may not be extract and
>>     adapted from Independent Stream documents submitted under the
>>     no derivative works terms.
> 
> Should we add a clause such as
>   ", unless specific permission to do so is obtained from the authors." ?
> 
> This is true in any case, but might be slightly clearer for the reader.

IMO we need to stop telling people what they ought to already know
regarding copyrights.

In this regard:
	- we should not need to say "no derivative works". That's
	implicit in not saying that derivative works are allowed.

	- we need only the optional statement "derivative works allowed"

	- we should not need to say "unless you get permission from the
	author"

Joe
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