(lack of) Copyright of OVC documents

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 12:06:30 CDT

On Apr 30, 2004, at 12:32 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> You are free to write about it elsewhere. As far as the OVC is
> concerned, we treat it as public domain, but you can certainly write
> it up and publish it where you see fit.

Only the author of a document can really "treat it as public domain."
In some cases, like this mailing list, the archive attaches a notice
releasing posts to the Public Domain. That was by prior agreement of
list members. But it's probably worth emphasizing it again for new
members:
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We should probably should start including this notice with new-user
welcome messages and/or with periodic list announcements.

As to Kurt's Data Model document. Well, I continue to not really "get"
the importance of the formalism (as opposed to a concrete DTD), but
there seems to be enough dissent from my opinion that I'll leave that
be. As Arthur says, this document should not be presented as an
official OVC standard until it undergoes more review; but as a
draft/proposal, it's fine.

On the copyright issue, I would ask that Kurt or other contributors of
documents OVC is likely to use, to please attach a notice to their
drafts indicating release of the document to the Public Domain. This
prevents an author from later asserting a copyright claim that would
prevent OVC from making all intended uses of the document (should we
decide to). Being Public Domain, however, -does not- prevent the
author from also using it as the basis of a derived publication (but it
likewise doesn't prevent someone different from making a similar use).
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