Felix Stalder on 14 Jul 2000 05:24:40 -0000

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<nettime> Open Content License

This license has been modeled after Richard Stallman's GPL.

From: http://opencontent.org/opl.shtml

OpenContent License (OPL)
Version 1.0, July 14, 1998.

This document outlines the principles underlying the OpenContent (OC) 
movement and may be redistributed provided it remains unaltered. For legal
purposes, this document is the license under which OpenContent is made
available for use. 

The original version of this document may be found at


Terms and Conditions for Copying, Distributing, and Modifying

Items other than copying, distributing, and modifying the Content with
which this license was distributed (such as using, etc.) are outside the
scope of this license. 

1. You may copy and distribute exact replicas of the OpenContent (OC) as
you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and
appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyright notice and
disclaimer of warranty; keep intact all the notices that refer to this
License and to the absence of any warranty; and give any other recipients
of the OC a copy of this License along with the OC. You may at your option
charge a fee for the media and/or handling involved in creating a unique
copy of the OC for use offline, you may at your option offer instructional
support for the OC in exchange for a fee, or you may at your option offer
warranty in exchange for a fee. You may not charge a fee for the OC
itself.  You may not charge a fee for the sole service of providing access
to and/or use of the OC via a network (e.g. the Internet), whether it be
via the world wide web, FTP, or any other method. 

2. You may modify your copy or copies of the OpenContent or any portion of
it, thus forming works based on the Content, and distribute such
modifications or work under the terms of Section 1 above, provided that
you also meet all of these conditions: 

a) You must cause the modified content to carry prominent notices stating
that you changed it, the exact nature and content of the changes, and the
date of any change. 

b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole
or in part contains or is derived from the OC or any part thereof, to be
licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties under the terms of
this License, unless otherwise permitted under applicable Fair Use law. 

These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole. If identifiable
sections of that work are not derived from the OC, and can be reasonably
considered independent and separate works in themselves, then this
License, and its terms, do not apply to those sections when you distribute
them as separate works. But when you distribute the same sections as part
of a whole which is a work based on the OC, the distribution of the whole
must be on the terms of this License, whose permissions for other
licensees extend to the entire whole, and thus to each and every part
regardless of who wrote it. Exceptions are made to this requirement to
release modified works free of charge under this license only in
compliance with Fair Use law where applicable. 

3. You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed
it. However, nothing else grants you permission to copy, distribute or
modify the OC. These actions are prohibited by law if you do not accept
this License. Therefore, by distributing or translating the OC, or by
deriving works herefrom, you indicate your acceptance of this License to
do so, and all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or
translating the OC. 



Another idea to bring open source collaboration to content production has
been proposed as the Interactive Paper Project
[http://lrsdb.ed.uiuc.edu:591/ipp/default.htm]. It allows authors to post
drafts of their writings -- from term papers to articles destined for
publication in scholarly journals -- online. Readers can annotate
suggested changes and their comments will appear online as pop-up windows
within the paper's text. 

Les faits sont faits.

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