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Licenses in IndieWeb was a session at IndieWebCamp Nuremberg 2017.

Notes archived from: https://etherpad.indieweb.org/law

Video available at: YouTube

IndieWebCamp Nuremberg 2017

Session: Licenses in IndieWeb

When: 2017-05-20 15:30



  • Jan: Motivation for Session:
    • implementing webmention comment display
    • it fetches stuff from another site without permission, how does that work with copyright?
  • traditional comments are clearly made on a site, not transfered
  • idea: create specific "license" to allow
  • scope of licenses is interesting. For encoding it on pages rel= exists, but licenses entire page (e..g. design. might not be wanted)
  • microformat could do this for parts of a page, e.g. text
  • could we just get started by including u-license in our webmentions
  • u-license would add license to a particular h-entry or h-card
  • rel="license" can still be used for licenseing an entire page (this then includes also the visuals, design, frontend code etc.?)
  • Interesting note on #law, Tantek puts a text on his Facebook that informs commenters that comments might be mirrored on his site.

Brainstorm Mark-up

There are IDs for licenses: https://spdx.org/licenses/


what properites of a post are needed to be used adactio: shows always URL, if h-entry if applicable title, content. if h-card: show name, NOT photo calum: url, content excerpt/summary, title? aaronpk: authorname, photo, link, title, first +500chars of content if no name (some html is allowed in comments) sgreger: full text if webmention, excerpt otherwise jeremycherfas: text, no photo again, difference bridgy/non-bridgy

  • What would need to be licensed?
    • URL should never be under copyright, http://academlib.com/4261/law/web_links_just_urls_copyrightable
    • Content (this includes titles) are part of a work, and are definitely copyrightable.
      • Using an excerpt makes a fair use argument more obvious, but is still using copyrightable text.
    • Photo. Is complicated. Copyright, by default, goes to the person who made the photo. That might not even be the person who owns the h-card.
    • Names should not be copyrightable. Names are, however, personal information. This means the identified person might still hold rights over your usage of the name.
      • Laws like GDPR and several local right-to-be-forgotton laws could apply.


This session was broadcasted live on the IndieWebCamp YouTube channel.