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Subject: Re: [regrep] IPR Policy Review


I did indeed raise this issue in an earlier posting - that suddenly 
under the new IPR proposals - individuals are
empowered to demand licensing for submissions they have made to TC work 
(and that's just for a kick-off).

Frankly given a choice between adopting one of the 3 new IPR choices and 
not adopting any of them (eg status quo),
I'm seeing the status quo wins hands down.   If a TC votes not to adopt 
any of the three, or simply fails to achieve
quorum on a vote to adopt, I believe the matter ends there.

Thanks, DW

Rex Brooks wrote:

> Members of the Board:
> While I understand the needfulness of this step, and I have numerous 
> questions as to the specific wording in places which leaves some 
> ambiguity, I suspect that this is inevitable, as will be the 
> subsequent fallout.
> This will indirectly grant approval for the similar, but far less 
> constrained policy that was floated in the W3C last year and resulted 
> in an uproar that ended with the RAND policy being withdrawn.
> Just for the record, I do disagree with this policy because it opens 
> the door a crack, however slightly we may think we are allowing, to 
> the whole panoply of nefarious practices we have seen over the last 
> several hundred years in the course of the industrial revolution and 
> development of the current economic system with all its benefits and 
> all its warts and inhumanity.
> However, that is the world we live in, and it is often the case that 
> one must accept things one dislikes and hope that the longer term 
> consequences prove either less stifling than anticipated in this case, 
> or else that the full consequences become apparent and cause the kinds 
> of problems I expect sooner rather than later. As in my former 
> incarnation within the field of advertising, the only thing that good 
> advertising does for a bad product is to get it killed quicker. In 
> this case, the only thing a well-intentioned attempt at compromise can 
> do is educate us sooner. I'd like to be pleasantly surprised, but I 
> expect that this is going to backfire furiously and the blowback on 
> the large corporations and their ipr lawyers will be difficult to 
> accept for them, but easier than losing legions of developers and the 
> markets they service.
> We'll see what happens.
> Regards,
> Rex Brooks

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