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Subject: Form submission from: Request a Special Majority Vote for other procedural purpose

Submitted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 20:57
Submitted by user:
Submitted values are:

Your name: Michael S. Tsirkin
TC name: virtio
TC email address: virtio@lists.oasis-open.org
Question to be voted:
OASIS IPR guidelines: https://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr
section 8.1 require disclosing to OASIS in writing any patents a TC member
that might read on the essential claim.

There are several issues here as they are applied to the virtio TC:
- Documenting in writing is hard to implement
- OASIS has not been diligent in forwarding the disclosures to the TC.
     Of several disclosed by Red Hat, only part have been uploaded to
     TC ipr page, and none at all have been forwarded to the mailing list.

Further, the TC operates in a non-assertion mode, so existence of patents by
members is essentially irrelevant for people implementing the specification.

So this requirement places a lot of burden on members adding new
functionality to virtio without any real benefit to the community.

If you agree that the TC should drop the disclosure obligations
as listed in the IPR guidelines section 8.1, please vote yes.

If you disagree, please vote no.

This is a special majority vote:
A Special Majority Vote requires at least 2/3 (two thirds) of the Voting
vote "yes" and no more than 1/4 (one fourth) of the Voting Members vote "no".
Notes: 8.2: Disclosure of Third Party Patent Claims remains in force.

The results of this submission may be viewed at:

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