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Use of descriptions originating in the Web Audio API specification to describe a procedure or within a different specification #1527

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guest271314 opened this issue Mar 23, 2018 · 9 comments

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commented Mar 23, 2018

Is it ok to use the below description, in part, or whole, to describe a similar procedure; within or as the basis of a proposal or specification outside of Web Audio API?

1.3. The OfflineAudioContext Interface

OfflineAudioContext is a particular type of BaseAudioContext for rendering/mixing-down (potentially) faster than real-time. It does not render to the audio hardware, but instead renders as quickly as possible, fulfilling the returned promise with the rendered result as an AudioBuffer.

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commented Mar 23, 2018

I am not a lawyer, but see https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/2015/doc-license, which is linked to in the spec.

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commented Mar 23, 2018

Where is the referenced license linked to in the specification?

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commented Mar 23, 2018

This is the text

for rendering/mixing-down (potentially) faster than real-time. It does not render to the audio hardware, but instead renders as quickly as possible, fulfilling the returned promise with the rendered result as an

which fits the description for a potential attempt to create a specification w3c/media-source#202 (comment), and could also be applicable for content of a pull request at https://github.com/guest271314/OffscreenCanvasAnimation; wanted to ask before filing a pull request or continuing beyond this point in using the description, to avoid possible issues as to attribution, or "ownership" of the term, for that matter.

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commented Mar 23, 2018

Specifically

  1. An OffscreenCanvas is used to get image data from both the total duration of a single video file and specific time slices of multiple video files, (potentially) faster than real-time. It does not render the image data to a display device, but instead renders as quickly as possible, fulfilling the returned promise with the rendered result as an ArrayBuffer.

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Add a LICENSE file. The text  "license" does not appear within the HTML of the current specification. See WebAudio@ae02b70, WebAudio#1527.
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commented Mar 24, 2018

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commented Mar 24, 2018

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commented Mar 24, 2018

Fair enough.

Searched the entire document for the term "license", which was not present in the generated HTML.

Why does the link use the phrase "document use" and not "license"?

Should the PR be canceled/deleted?

Have no issues linking to the original (btw, excellent) description - here.

If the bean counters happen to appear to quash use of the term outside of Web Audio API domain, or if your team discovers that the phrase is being used contrary to how your team prefers, do not hesitate to notify and will make appropriate changes or delete the reference altogether.

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commented Mar 24, 2018

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commented Mar 26, 2018

In fact, according to the charter https://www.w3.org/2011/audio/charter/audio-2016.html#licensing
web audio wg is using the software and document license which is more permissive and, specifically, does allow copying.

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Add a LICENSE file. The text  "license" does not appear within the HTML of the current specification. See ae02b70, #1527.
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