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Microformat Issues

These are externally raised issues about microformats in general (these issues MUST apply to more than one microformat, which MUST be explicitly listed, otherwise the issue should be raised on the format specific issues page) with broadly varying degrees of merit. Thus some issues are REJECTED for a number of obvious reasons (but still documented here in case they are re-raised), and others contain longer discussions. Some issues may be ACCEPTED and perhaps cause changes or improved explanations in the spec. Submitted issues may (and probably will) be edited and rewritten for better terseness, clarity, calmness, rationality, and as neutral a point of view as possible. Write your issues well. — Tantek

As this is a general microformats issues page, please only note concrete real world issues. Theoretical issues will be deleted, as will any issues raised that do not contain documentation of specific real-world examples that use real-world microformats (not just brainstorms).



Format Specific Issues

Please raise format specific issues on the respective page:

IP Issues

Legal Entity Issues

2007-03-24 raised by Joe Andrieu, clarified by Rohit Khare on 2007-03-27.

  1. What is the legal entity responsible for operating
    • Rohit Khare originally registered the and .org domain names on 2005-01-25 and LLC, a non-profit 'think tank' with a long history as a neutral sponsor for developing standards for Internet commerce (often, in conjunction with other formal standards bodies). CommerceNet currently underwrites the server hosting costs and, in the past, has co-ordinated donations with other sponsors for events such as the anniversary party, the workshop where the site was launched, and promotional items.
  2. What is the legal entity responsible for the intellectual property on
    • The current microformats copyright statement recognizes that IP is originally vested in the author(s), who are then expected to share those rights with the community by permitting their redistribution on's wiki, blog, and mailing list archives. The additional distinction of becoming a specification may come with additional obligations to redistribute IP, such as a formal Creative Commons copyright license and a royalty-free patent license.
    • Note that CommerceNet, LLC does not exercise any editorial control over the content of the site, mailing list, specifications, or the process, nor does it accept funds on behalf of (see the disclaimer). Conversely, the Admins do not have any independent legal identity at present, such as a partnership, foundation, or corporation. Please refer any legal questions or concerns directly to CommerceNet before raising them as a matter of public record, as discussed on the mailing list [2].
  3. open issue!Neither of these address the initial open issue, namely, "What legal entity owns and controls microformats?"
    • One option is CommerceNet. Namely that microformats remains an activity operating, for legal purposes, under the perview of CommerceNet's non-profit corporation.
    • Another option is that microformats is an unincorporated association, pursuant to California Corporations Code Section 18035:
      18035. (a) "Unincorporated association" means an unincorporated group of two or more persons joined by mutual consent for a common lawful purpose, whether organized for profit or not.
    • It could also be a general partnership, persuant to the UNIFORM PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 1994 of the California Corporations Code; however, that specifically requires the intent of the association to be "for profit." As such, unless the Admins have that intention, I doubt microformats falls under that distinction:
      16202. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), the association of two or more persons to carry on as coowners a business for profit forms a partnership, whether or not the persons intend to form a partnership.
      --JoeAndrieu 22:52, 24 Mar 2007 (PDT)

Governance Issues

See: governance-issues

Miscellaneous issues

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