From: Michael Yau (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Mar 20 2003 - 17:52:43 EST
Here's an excerpt from the ISO site:
The short country names from ISO 3166-1 and the alpha-2 codes are made
available by ISO at no charge for internal use and non-commercial
purposes. The use of ISO 3166-1 in commercial products may be subject to
a licence fee.
Kenneth Whistler wrote:
>ANSI has membership fees, accreditation fees, and a scheme for
>site licensing for access to standards documents. But I've never
>heard of a license fee for *use* of ISO 639 or ISO 3166 codes.
>Once you acquire the standard, you should be able to freely
>use it. That is how ISO standards work.
>Where are you hearing this from?
>>I heard that ANSI requires companies to pay a licence fee if they use
>>ISO language and country codes in their products. Anyone aware of this
>>licence requirement or already paying for such licence.
>>> * ISO 3166-1. Names of Countries and their Subdivisions - Part
>>> 1: Country Codes.
>>> * ISO 3166-2. Names of Countries and their Subdivisions - Part
>>> 2: Country Subdivision
>>> * ISO 639-1. Names of Languages -- Part 1: Alpha-2 Code.
>>> * ISO 639-2. Names of Languages -- Part 2: Alpha-3 Code.
>> - Michael
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