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Subject: Re: [opendocument-users] Sub Committee's and licensing

I was meaning the IPR.  I'm sorry if my wording was confusing.   Maybe this will be better said.  OASIS has a new IPR policy as of April 15 2005.  It is my understanding that the current OD TC is not under this new policy.  In the future is the plan for the OD TC to be under the new policy?
According to this part it seems to answer yes:
"The following OASIS IPR Policy is effective as of 15 April 2005. OASIS Technical Committees formed prior to that date will be required to transition to this Policy by 15 April 2007, in the manner provided in the IPR Transition Policy."
But I just want to make sure that it is the case.  I hope that's clearer.

On 11/16/05, robert_weir@us.ibm.com < robert_weir@us.ibm.com> wrote:

OK.  So just to be clear, I see nothing in the IPR as being a restriction on readers or users of the specification.  I see the IPR policies rather as being restrictions on OASIS TC members, and member corporations.  If someone can point out where exactly the IPR policy takes away any right from a reader,  user,  or implementer of ODF, merely because of the fact that they are using ODF, I'd love to hear it..  In fact my reading of it indicates that users have more rights from using ODF than if you sat down and made up your own file format.

But enough of my preaching.  Back to your original question (or your guess, probably a good one, as to what Adam was getting at) --  Not to speak for OASIS, or for the TC, but I don't think a subcommittee has any discretion around IPR policy.   So the question really amounts to this:  What IPR policy will the TC being operating under at the time when the next ODF specification is released?  I have no new information on that.  In the time I've been on the TC, I haven't heard a change in this area proposed for the next release.  In any case, I don't think the existence of subcommittees changes anything in this regard.  It remains a single specification, with a single TC and a single IPR policy.


Daniel Carrera <daniel.carrera@zmsl.com>

11/16/2005 02:48 PM

Re: [opendocument-users] Sub Committee's and licensing

robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
> What license are you referring to in ODF 1.0?

I want to be careful not to speak for Adam here. But since he said:

<adam>Since the change of licenses that OASIS has done will any new
changes to the spec have to be under one of those licenses? (Legacy
probably in this case)</adam>

I think maybe he was thinking of the IPR policy. This is just a guess.

> But other than that, where is the restriction?

I didn't read Adam's email to imply that there was a restriction.

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