Re: New LIcense Request: W3C Software Notice and License (19980720)

J Lovejoy

Great, thanks, Dennis.

I also added a note to the meeting minutes from yesterday as a reminder for next call :)


On Jan 8, 2015, at 6:21 PM, Dennis Clark <dmclark@...> wrote:

Sure, in my queue to add to the tracking list.  

On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 12:45 PM, J Lovejoy <opensource@...> wrote:
Thanks Sam.  

Dennis - can you add this to the tracking list (as well as a couple others Sam requested) and we’ll make sure it’s on the agenda for the Jan 22 call?

SPDX Legal Team co-lead

On Jan 5, 2015, at 6:17 AM, Sam Ellis <Sam.Ellis@...> wrote:


I would like to prose the addition of the W3C Software Notice and License (19980720) to the SPDX license list. The license list already contains a newer version of this license dated 20021231 ( These versions differ subtly in their legal terms so ideally the list should contain them both.

As for the new license, a plan text copy is attached to this email, and the relevant information on it is:

Short name: W3C-SOFTWARE-19980720
Long name: W3C Software Notice and License (1998-07-20)
OSI approved: no, not this version, though the newer 20021231 version is yes
Evidence of use: Examples of use can be seen in the following product's third-party IP disclosure Searching for the term "W3C SOFTWARE NOTICE AND LICENSE" shows a number of matches, the first of which is the existing (newer) W3C Software license, and the second is an example of this older license.

It may be beneficial to rename the existing license to clarify its version, and that it is different from the other W3C licenses that exist (such as the W3C Documentation license that I have separately emailed about). For example, renaming the short name to be: W3C-SOFTWARE-20021231.

Sam Ellis

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