A call for open source DTDs
cowan at locke.ccil.org
Fri Oct 16 20:23:36 BST 1998
Dean Roddey wrote:
> I would think that if I were that organization, and I wanted
> my DTD to be ubiquitous, I'd allow any quoting or reference or
> embedding, with a requirement to maintain a statement of my authorship
> and not to distribute modified copies of it without making that clear.
Okay, that's what ya want, huh? Then consider the following:
<license type="artistic" author="Larry Wall" contributor="John Cowan">
The intent of this document is to state the conditions
under which a Package may be copied, such that the Copyright
Holder maintains some semblance of artistic control over the
development of the package, while giving the users of
the package the right to use and distribute the Package
in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the right to make
<dt> The collection of files distributed
by the Copyright Holder, and derivatives of that collection
of files created through textual modification.
<dt> A Package that has not been modified, or has been
modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright
<dt> Whoever is named in the copyright
or copyrights for the package.
<dt> You, if you're thinking about copying or
distributing this Package.
<dd>Reasonable copying fee</dd>
<dt> Whatever you can justify on the basis of media cost,
duplication charges, time of people involved, and so on.
(You will not be required to justify it to the Copyright
Holder, but only to the computing community at large as a
market that must bear the fee.)
<dt> No fee is charged for the item itself, though there may be
fees involved in handling the item. It also means that
recipients of the item may redistribute it under the same
conditions they received it.
<li> You may make and give away verbatim copies of the
the Standard Version of this Package without restriction,
provided that you duplicate all of the original copyright
notices and associated disclaimers.
<li> You may apply bug fixes, portability fixes and other
modifications derived from the Public Domain or from the
Copyright Holder. A Package modified in such a way shall
still be considered the Standard Version.
<li> You may otherwise modify your copy of this Package in
any way, provided that you insert a prominent notice in
each changed file stating how and when you changed that
file, and provided that you do at least ONE of the following:
<li> Place your modifications in the Public Domain or
otherwise make them Freely Available, such as by
posting said modifications to Usenet or an equivalent
medium, or placing the modifications on a major
archive site such as ftp.uu.net, or by allowing the
Copyright Holder to include your modifications in the
Standard Version of the Package.
<li> Use the modified Package only within your
corporation or organization.
<li> Rename any non-standard files so the names
do not conflict with standard files which must
also be provided, and provide separate documentation
for each non-standard file that clearly
documents how it differs from the Standard Version.
This includes generating new Formal Public Identifiers
for the Package and any modified contents, unless the
Package or its contents had no such identifiers to begin with.
<li> Make other distribution arrangements with
the Copyright Holder.
<li> You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any
distribution of this Package. You may charge any fee you choose
for support of this Package. You may not charge a fee for
this Package itself. However, you may distribute this
Package in aggregate with other (possibly commercial)
files as part of a larger (possibly commercial)
publication provided that you do not advertise this
Package as a product of your own.
<li> The name of the Copyright Holder may not be used
to endorse or promote products derived from this software
without specific prior written permission.
<li> THIS PACKAGE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT
ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY
AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
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