Antonio Valle Salas's Mystery of the 1.1.1 Deleted - was ITIL once "public domain"?
Now here's a thing. A reader has uncovered a most interesting deletion from the ITIL V2 Service Support book.
Antonio in a recent comment pointed us to an interesting article on his blog, entitled "the mystery of the 1.1.1 deleted". So as to save you, gentle reader, from wrestling with translated Castillian Spanish, I hope Antonio will forgive me if I repeat the essense of it here.
In the original edition of ITIL V2's Service Support copyright 2000, which I have a copy of, there is the following text:
1.1.1 Public domain framework
From the beginning, ITIL has been publicly available. This means that any organisation can use the framework described by OGC in its numerous books. Because of this, the IT Infrastructure Library guidance has been used by such a disparate range of organisations, local and central government, energy, public utilities, retail, finance, and manufacturing. Very large organisations, very small organisations and everything in between have implemented ITIL processes.
In my more recent edition (Tenth impression 2005), it reads (you guessed it)
Isn't that interesting? As Antonio says, I think :-D, perhaps somebody doesn't like the term "public domain" being used now that OGC is on a mission to enforce the Crown copyright.
Clearly it never was public domain in the strict sense: it has always been copyrighted, but it obviously was once public domain in spirit. As Antonio also says, this is an indicator of the changing approach to ITIL as it becomes more aggressively a commercial industry and less a service to the IT community.