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Revised statement of policy by IUCr on CIF and STAR

A new statement of IUCr policy for the protection and the promotion of the
STAR File and CIF standards for exchanging and archiving electronic data
has been published at http://www.iucr.org/iucr-top/cif/ipr.html

The statement emphasises that the Union's copyright of CIF is designed only
to protect the CIF as a standard of information exchange, and does not imply
claims on ownership of either files written in CIF or software designed to
read or write CIF. It seeks to assure software developers that the only
requirement imposed by the Union is that when the term CIF is used it must 
refer to a file that conforms to the CIF standard approved by COMCIFS.

Active or prospective developers of CIF software are encouraged to join the
cif-developers discussion list (cif-developers@iucr.org) to share and
discuss ideas, strategies and code in implementing CIF software.

Brian McMahon
Coordinating Secretary
Committee for the Maintenance of the CIF Standard
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Brian McMahon                                             tel: +44 1244 342878
Research and Development Officer                          fax: +44 1244 314888
International Union of Crystallography                  e-mail:  bm@iucr.ac.uk
5 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU, England                         bm@iucr.org

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