From: Michael Everson (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Mar 21 2003 - 13:26:19 EST
A representative of ISO sent this to me today.
>I do not know about ANSI but for ISO/CS the quote given below from
>ex.html is certainly correct.
>We make a distinction between implementation and commercial use.
I have no idea how they manage to get their heads around this one.
>Anyone can buy the standard - or download the codes from our website free of
>charge - and use them within their company for any application they want
>without having to pay any licence fee due to ISO.
>However, if you load the list of country codes and names in a commercial
>product, thus giving an added value to your product, we consider it normal
>that ISO asks for the payment of a royalty fee. Purchasing an electronic
>copy (e.g. one of the MSAccess databases) from our Web store gives you only
>the same right i.e. if you want to create a for sale product licence fees
>can apply. (But one can choose another possibility which is to let customers
>download the country codes.)
>Implementations like drop-down lists on webpages or the use of ISO 3166-1
>codes in software implementing other standards which quote ISO 3166-1 as
>normative reference is of course not subject to a licence fee.
>I am not an expert on these matters and I would suggest that you contact Mr
>Chabot to discuss details with him should you have
>further need for clarification.
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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