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RE: ISO intellectual property (was Standards)

The W3C seems to think otherwise.  Note the 
FAQ quoted earlier about deriving a work 
from HTML and changing a few bits.  We may 
have a different issue there; copyright vs 
assertion of other rights in a copyrighted 
document.  If I understand what you say, 
then the W3C can't enforce those claims.

No matter how you slice it, XML is an 
SGML subset.  That makes the reference 
valuable.  If one actually did have to pursue 
this, copyright violation would not be 
the strongest case.   However, the assertions 
in the copyright documents might be evidence. 
As Snell said, it would fail the look and feel 
test.  It is an SGML derivative.

Remember, we are debating hypotheticals to 
determine the value of standards.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Bradford [mailto:bradford@dbxmlgroup.com]

Copyright does not protect intellectual property.  It protects the
recorded word in various forms.  Example, the source code for dbXML is
copyrighted.  But the fact that it's copyrighted doesn't mean that
somebody can't use our techniques to develop their own product.  And the
fact that we're Apache licensed means that they could even use our
source code to do it.  But they can't claim that they wrote the
dbXML...  That's the only thing that copyright protects.