Re: ANSI requires licence fees to use ISO language and country code?

From: Michael Yau (
Date: Fri Mar 21 2003 - 14:23:23 EST

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    Also, I heard that the licensing is on a yearly basis.

    Michael Everson wrote:

    > 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.

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