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Re: licensing of XMPP specifications

John Halton wrote:
On Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 11:53:20AM -0700, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
The membership and Board of Directors of the XSF have discussed this
issue and we have consensus that we would like to change the
licensing so that it is Debian-friendly (and, more broadly,

Thank you for the work you have put in on seeking to achieve this. I'm
sure I'm not the only one who greatly appreciates the commitment to
software freedom this represents. (Some people would have stalked off
by now, shouting "fundamentalists!" back over their shoulder...)

Well if it were up to me everything would go into the public domain, but that's another story...

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of this specification (the "Specification"), to
make use of the Specification without restriction, including without
limitation the rights to implement the Specification in a software
program, deploy the Specification in a network service, and copy,
modify, merge, publish, translate, distribute, sublicense, or sell
copies of the Specification, and to permit persons to whom the
Specification is furnished to do so, subject to the condition that
the foregoing copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Specification.
Unless separate permission is granted, modified works that are
redistributed shall not contain misleading information regarding the
authors, title, number, or publisher of the Specification, and shall
not claim endorsement of the modified works by the authors, any
organization or project to which the authors belong, or the XMPP
Standards Foundation.

I can't see any problem with any of that. The final section ("Unless
separate permission is granted...") is a form of "moral rights" or
protection against "passing off" rather than imposing any copyright

True. I'm not particularly concerned about passing off either (it's easy to determine who published the canonical version of the specification), but some members of the XSF were concerned.

IPR Conformance

This XMPP Extension Protocol has been contributed in full conformance with the XSF's Intellectual Property Rights Policy (a copy of which may be found at <http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/ipr-policy.shtml> or obtained by writing to XSF, P.O. Box 1641, Denver, CO 80201 USA).

I'm assuming this is a statement of fact provided for information,
rather than imposing any requirement on licensees to comply with that
policy. So on that basis, that paragraph is fine.


Though (as an aside) it seems to me that the protocol has _not_ been
contributed in full conformance given the provisions of para 4 of the
policy, but I'm assuming the board is empowered to waive that

The IPR policy will be updated to reflect the licensing changes, but only once those changes are approved by the Board. We can't update the website until an official decision is made, thus the mismatch. :)


This Specification is provided "as is", without warranty of any
kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the
warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and
noninfringement. In no event shall the authors or copyright holders
be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability, whether in an
action of contract, tort, or otherwise, arising from, out of, or in
connection with the Specification or the implementation, deployment,
or other use of the Specification.

Again, no problem there, is all pretty standard stuff.

Thanks for the feedback.



Naturally. :)


Peter Saint-Andre

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