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RE: Copyrighting schemas, Hailstorm

They can do that and we can write schemas just as fast 
that run just as well on their technology.

Note the beginnings of the terminology wars in that 
what Microsoft calls orchestration, IBM calls choreography. 
And so it will go like different parts of the local 
Arts Council groups fighting for control of the civic 
stage:  little fish acting like big fish, except this 
is big fish acting like little fish.  Gotta love it.

Such copyrights will ensure the schemas will have 
strong competitors.  They may be doing us a favor.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]

Clay Shirky has an article on Hailstorm up at:

Shirky raises copyright and control as a central issue in Microsoft's
Hailstorm strategy:

>This is the most audacious aspect of HailStorm, and the core of the
>describe-and-defend strategy. Microsoft wants to create a schema which
>describes all possible user transactions, and then copyright that
>schema, in order to create and manage the ontology of life on the
>Internet. In HailStorm as it was described, all entities, methods, and
>transactions will be defined and mediated by Microsoft or
>Microsoft-licensed developers, with Microsoft acting as a kind of
>arbiter of descriptions of electronic reality:

We've had discussions of whether copyrighting a schema has any
implications for control.  I can definitely see limitations on derived
works, which strikes me as unfortunate, but I'd really like to have a
clearer explanation from someone as to how intellectual property and XML
interact in the legal world...

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