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Re: Revised statement of policy on CIF

Thanks to everyone for comments both on and off the COMCIFS list on the
revised policy draft. I shall in a few moments circulate a new version both
to this list and to the cif-developers list, and by so doing invite
a response from the wider community. The main differences from the
previous version circulated here are:

     (1) the broadening of the scope of the document to include the STAR
         file format explicitly;

     (2) dropping the explicit clause detailing the rights of the author
         of the data, and replacing it instead by a statement that the 
         intellectual property rights claimed "relate solely to the
         interchange formats..." This was done on legal advice, but with
         no suspect motive - it's just that the author's rights exist
         already and require no elaboration in a document such as this.

A number of other small refinements have been suggested by informal legal
contacts, but do not affect the substance of the draft and shall be held in
reserve until the final drafting stage.

For now, it is time to post this in a public forum and see how the world
greets it.

Best wishes
Brian

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