[Members] [Fwd: licensing of XMPP specifications]

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Tue Jan 8 14:16:27 CST 2008

Sent to debian-legal for verification and feedback...

The only change I would make is to put the Conformance subsection at the 
end but that's not a substantive change.


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Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 11:53:20 -0700
From: Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im>
To: debian-legal at lists.debian.org
Subject: licensing of XMPP specifications

Back in October, I posted about the licensing of XMPP specifications
produced by the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF):


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, freedom-friendly).

After some discussion and wordsmithing, we have consensus on the
following wording (for which the "permissions" section is essentially a
modified MIT license):


Legal Notices


This XMPP Extension Protocol is copyright (c) 1999 - 2008 by the XMPP
Standards Foundation (XSF).


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.

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).


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


Final feedback would be appreciated from the debian-legal list before
the XSF Board of Directors votes to approve this licensing.



Peter Saint-Andre

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