Document License for HTML 5

Advisory Committee Meeting, 21–23 March 2010, Cambridge MA

Tim Berners-Lee, Ian Jacobs, Philippe Le Hégaret, Scott Peterson, Rigo Wenning

Stata building photo by See-ming Lee

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Consensus Points

Suggestions That Appear to Have Support

Conclusion Based On Input and Discussion

For HTML 5, use a license that addresses all of the use cases cited by the HTML Working Group except forking.

What the License Would Permit


What the Current Document License Protects

Legally protects against copying the specification, in its entirety, with modifications.


See also the W3C IPR FAQ for more information about document usage.

What it Does not Protect

Licensing Challenges to Address

Web Standards Should be Built on Consensus