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


Regards, George

Chair, OASIS UDDI Member Section Steering Committee
Managing Director, UDDI Operators Council
Web Services Strategy, IBM Software Group
1-408-463-4041 or 543-4041, FAX 3319

---------------------- Forwarded by George Zagelow/Santa Teresa/IBM on 08/05/2004 09:24 AM ---------------------------

To: OASIS Chairs <chairs@lists.oasis-open.org>

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?

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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