Re: (lack of) Copyright of OVC documents

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 04:21:54 CDT

On Friday 30 April 2004 10:06, David Mertz wrote:
> 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:
> +--------------------------------------------------------
>
> | By posting to the Voting-Project or OVC-Demo-Team list,
> | you hereby agree to release the content of your posts
> | to the Public Domain--with the exception of copyrighted
> | material quoted according to fair use.
>
> +--------------------------------------------------------
I would prefer to see everything copyrighted, with reasonable
rights assigned back to each author. I don't like the idea that
someone can appropriate our archive, mess with it, and
copyright the result.

> 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).

We can be fairly liberal about allowing reuse without allowing
somebody else to assert copyright on trivial modifications of
our communications. I have seen it happen.

-- 
Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
New voices in the global conversation
http://www.ryze.com/go/Cherlin
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