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Subject: Re: [obix] FW: [chairs] [Fwd: New requirements on Individual Members]

Thanks, Toby; I wholeheartedly agree that all TC members should take a 
look at this.

Please also see the original announcement from the CEO at 


Considine, Toby (Facilities Technology Office) wrote:
> OASIS is updating ints intellectual property (IP) policy in a process that
> is open for review until September 10.  I encourage each individua members
> to consider the effects this policy has on you, and to make comments and
> raise concerns during this period.
> My first reaction to this change was annoyance, and that it would drive down
> participation.  It was soon pointed out to me, that this is a legal - not an
> organizational issue. If you are an employee and don't own your own IP then
> you can't legally assign it to OASIS.  Therefore - if you are under such an
> employment contract you do have to check with your employer before joining.
> If you don't do this and the rights are assigned - there is a legitimate
> legal challenge against OASIS and oBIX and we could be forced to pay license
> fees or withdraw the standard.  
> One of the goals of the process that led to OASIS was that we be hosted in
> an organization that had a defined IP policy. I encourage you to apprise
> yourselves of the proposed changes to OASIS IPR rules and to consult with
> your employers what if any impact these might have on you and participation
> in the TC. I also strongly encourage you to raise concerns ASAP to OASIS via
> the ipr-member-review@lists.oasis-open.org before the end of the comment
> period (September 10).
> Please let me know if you would like to discuss this during next Tuesday's
> TC telecon.
> Tc
> Toby Considine
> Chair, OASIS oBIX TC
> ===================================================
> "It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and 
> another to put him in possession of 
> truth." --John Locke
> ===================================================
> Toby Considine         | Phone (919)962-9073
> Facilities Services    | Fax (919)962-1102
> University of North Carolina
> Chapel Hill, NC        | Toby.Considine@fac.unc.edu
> ===================================================

Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648
karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org

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