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Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK
Mon Dec 26 14:20:41 UTC 2005

The website contains a lot of information on copyright, 
including links to authoritative external copyright statements.


To be very general about this, if the RSV is going to put materials on the 
web, then it has to recognise that these materials will be taken and used 
by anybody for anything.  The whole point of putting Sanskrit and related 
texts on the web is to make these materials available to scholarship.

The one thing most text-providers do not want is for third parties to take 
what we put on the web, and sell it for profit.   This isn't likely to be 
a great danger, since any re-seller has to compete with the free 
availability of materials on the net.  But the reseller could add value, 
e.g., display fonts, search engines, TEI retagging, etc.

If we want to stop profiteering, then we should put a license at the top 
of the documents we release saying, broadly, "These texts are free for 
scholars; anyone else must contact the text-provider for a 
appropriate license".

One possible actual statement is that put at the top of the Astangahrdaya 
files by Emmerick and Das:

== begin quote ==

The copyright holders give permission for this file to be distributed
freely for academic, non-commercial purposes.  This file may not be sold
or distributed in any manner requiring payment, either alone, or with
other texts.  And it must not be used as part of any software system
which is sold or distributed other than freely.

If you desire to make such use of this file, you must contact the
copyright holders for permission to do so.

Any (free) software system that makes use of this file must include a
clear acknowledgement of the copyright holders' copyright which should
display each time the program runs.

The copyright holders would be grateful to be informed of any
substantial uses made of this file.

== end quote ==

Once the RSV materials are public, I should be delighted to add a link

Dominik Wujastyk

On Sat, 24 Dec 2005, Srinivasa Varakhedi wrote:

> Dear meber,
>   Kindly tell me if anybody knows about the copyright principles for E-contents presented on web?
> New website of SANSKNET {Rasshtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha} is ready to 
> host. But, the authorities want to have some licence for downloading 
> etc., Kindly write to me personally if anybody of you is knowldegable in 
> such issues.
>  regards,
>  shrivara.
> Dominik Wujastyk <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK> wrote:
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