Re: Copyright problems

From: Edward Cherlin (
Date: Sun Jan 07 2001 - 03:07:22 EST

Re: Copyright problems

At 23:43 -0800 2001/1/5, Roozbeh Pournader wrote:
Dear friends,

I just received this in the linux-utf8 mailing list. I won't comment, read
it yourself.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 5 Jan 2001 17:02:46 -0800
From: H. Peter Anvin <>
Subject: Re: Fw: Unicode 3.0 standard now online

Followup to:  <10d101c0765c$6cfc0b60$>
By author:    "Alexander Voropay" <>
In newsgroup: linux.utf8
> The Unicode consortium has made the content of the Unicode 3.0 standard
> accessible online, mostly in PDF format, at

One thing is that the copyright restrictions stated pretty much make
it illegal to download the file:

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any
means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise,
without the prior written permission of the publisher or Unicode, Inc.
The book files may not be mirrored on any internal or external web
site. Users are prohibited from making local copies of any of the book

This is taken from the Web page. The copyright notices in the files do not contain the last sentence. The Web page should be changed to match.

In other words, it's illegal to download or even to look at the file,
since that would entail (a) transmitting, (b) making a local copy
of the file, and (c) electronically reproducing it (on your screen or

Yes, that would be very silly.

Fortunately, the code charts are not so restricted. What we used to call Fair Use is explicitly permitted.

You may freely use these code charts for personal or internal business uses only. You may not incorporate
them into any product or publication, or otherwise distribute them without express written permission from the
Unicode Consortium.


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Edward Cherlin
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