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Subject: Re: OAXAL TC (proposed) - superfluous charter text

The draft OAXAL TC charter posted for member review at:


contains this language:

>> In no event shall this Technical Committee finalize or approve
>> any technical specification if it believes that the use,
>> distribution, or implementation of such specification would
>> necessarily require the unauthorized infringement of any third
>> party rights known to the Technical Committee, and such third
>> party has not agreed to provide necessary license rights on
>> perpetual, royalty-free, non-discriminatory terms.

The charter language is unnecessary.  A similar clause was used in 
some OASIS TC charters years ago, to indicate their intent to issue 
royalty-free specifications.  That's been superceded since mid-2005 
by the current version of our IPR Policy, which explicitly permits 
TC proposers to constrain TCs to RF output, using the OASIS IPR mode 

It's possible that the text simply was copied from an old pre-2005 
TC charter.  That unnecessary clause should be removed;  doing so 
seems unlikely to disturb the draft, or the proposers' intent, in 
any way

Kind regards  Jamie Clark

~ James Bryce Clark
~ Director of Standards Development, OASIS
~ http://www.oasis-open.org/who/staff.php#clark

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