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

For the Individual Members on our TC, I thought you might be interested
in this comment on the draft IPR Policy currently under review.


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Hanna [mailto:shanna@funk.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 8:48 AM
To: OASIS Chairs
Subject: [chairs] [Fwd: New requirements on Individual Members]

Other OASIS chairs,

I suspect you may not be aware of the major changes
in requirements for Individual Members included in
the recent proposed IPR Policy. Individual Membership
would no longer be available to anyone whose IP is
owned by his or her employer (as required by most
employment agreements).

Please review my comments below. Whatever your
opinions on this topic, I encourage you to submit
comments to ipr-member-review@lists.oasis-open.org
before the end of the comment period (September 10).
I also encourage you to inform your TCs of this
proposed change and encourage your members to submit
comments on this or any other aspects of the proposed
revised IPR Policy.

For your reference, the draft IPR Policy is at
and the FAQ is at


Steve Hanna
Co-chair, OASIS PKI TC

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: New requirements on Individual Members
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 11:37:14 -0400
From: Steve Hanna <shanna@funk.com>
To: ipr-member-review@lists.oasis-open.org

The new proposed IPR Policy includes a most
unwelcome and unfortunate change. Here's the text
in the FAQ that describes it:

3.6. Are there changes to the eligibility rules
      for Individual members?

      Yes. If an individual's IP is owned by his or her
      employer, (as is required by most employment agreements),
      he or she will be unable to continue to participate under
      the OASIS Individual Membership level.

In my view, this change would be an awful mistake.
Here are three reasons why:

1) Individual Members are among the most enthusiastic
    and energetic members of my TC and many others.

2) For many organizations, Individual Membership is
    a path to Organizational Membership. They start
    by having one Individual Member. Then several
    more join and their management sees that OASIS
    is important to their business.

3) Making this change would make OASIS less open,
    ensuring that only organizations or unemployed
    individuals can participate.

The FAQ states that this change is being made "to
ensure that Contributions have clear licensing
obligations and that licenses are available to
implement all OASIS Standards and specifications."

I support this goal but I think it could better
be achieved by requiring Individual Members whose
IP is owned by their employers to have those
employers sign documents agreeing to the
necessary obligations.


Steve Hanna
Co-chair, OASIS PKI TC

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