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Subject: Fwd: [members] Notice regarding IPR Policy change

I recall that Kris sent this around earlier, but given recent issues with OASIS policy interpretation, it doesn't hurt to float it again. On October 15, OASIS will begin implementing changes to the IPR policy that you and your company should be aware of. In most cases, your primary rep should have looked at these already and advised you if there are any special actions/awarenesses on your part.

While it seems to have primarily wording consistency changes, there are specific new interpretations that might affect you. I suggest that you review the changed items in the redlined PDF with your primary rep.

The TC itself will be subject to new work product definitions in sections 2.18, 2.19, and 2.20--note those.

I see many cases of potential new legal business rules (line 334 begins a new major clause, for example) that modify existing understandings you may have had. Again, primary rep... .

Regarding our chosen IP mode (RF with limited terms), I personally see no change for our TC's present status, which was made under then-prevailing IPR policies (http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dita/ipr.php). I expect a request for review of our election at some point, but it doesn't seem indicated at the moment.

The section 11.1 on Withdrawal from a Technical Committee should be taken into consideration by anyone presently dissatisfied with OASIS process. I'd rather see the full TC make any major decisions about the future of the stewardship of the DITA specification.

That's all--just a heads-up as the October 15 date for this policy approaches.
Don Day
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [members] Notice regarding IPR Policy change
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:59:03 -0400
From: Scott McGrath <scott.mcgrath@oasis-open.org>
To: Members <members@lists.oasis-open.org>

OASIS Members,
The OASIS Board of Directors completed a significant review of the consortium's IPR Policy, which governs rights and obligations concerning OASIS specifications, and approved amendments to that Policy.  We believe these changes which create a distinction between standards-track documents and non-standards track documents and also improves the treatment of "maintenance" revisions to an originally-approved TC specification are a significant improvement for you and encourage you to review these changes.  These changes take effect 15 October 2010.

The revised policy can be found at

A red-line version showing all changed is located at:

A non-normative FAQ describing the changes can be found at:

While the Board and staff of OASIS consider these changes a significant improvement for the members of OASIS, you retain the right to withdraw from the organization if you choose to not be bound by the policy when it take effect 15 October.

Thank you for reviewing these changes and your continued participation. As always, I encourage you to contact me directly to discuss this or any aspect of your OASIS membership.

Scott McGrath

+1 (978) 667-5115 x202

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