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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] (1)(e) Specification of the IPR Modeunder which the TC will operate.

Having just read section 10 of the IPR Policy, I have to agree that the 
RF on Limited Terms  Makes the best sense to me.  I believe this would 
give the greatest access to anyone who is interested, and is in the best 
interest of the TC.

Disclaimer:  I am a programmer, not a lawyer.  And not an expert at this 
sort of thing.  There may be hidden holes that I do not see, but a 
lawyer might.  So, just a layman's opinion... :)


robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
> In addition to the good discussion we're having on the general domain of 
> interoperability and documents, I propose that we take a question or two 
> a day from the list of required and optional OASIS TC Charter definition 
> points, and try to discuss and reach a consensus on those.
> For today, let's take point (1)(e), the IPR Mode of the TC.   The OASIS 
> IPR Policy is defined here: 
> http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php
> There are three possible IP modes a new TC may operate under, and we are 
> required to choose one of these three for the charter of the proposed 
> 1) RAND
> 2) RF on RAND terms
> 3) RF on Limited terms
> The most common (and most friendly to implementors, IMHO) mode at OASIS 
> is "RF on Limited terms", and that is the mode under which the OASIS ODF 
> TC operates.  I'd urge the proposed ODF IIC TC to adopt this same IPR mode.
> You can read the legalese associated with this IPR Mode, and the 
> obligations it puts on TC members and the benefits it gives to 
> implementors in sections 10.2.1 and 10.2.3 of the policy document linked 
> to above.
> Regards,
> -Rob
>  ___________________________
> Rob Weir
> Software Architect
> Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
> IBM Software Group
> email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
> phone: 1-978-399-7122
> blog: http://www.robweir.com/blog/

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