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RE: ISO intellectual property (was Standards)

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?  As many
as want to.
What do you require of the organizations that choose your choices?
We're exploring standards, legality, authority, enforcement, etc. 
People think standards have a magic or mojo, so claim authority
to make them.   What we are demonstrating is that there is
no protection from heisting, embracing, extending, anything goes.   
Or does it?  Can a case be made?   Does the W3C 
have the legal right to appropriate standards from other organizations
then privatize them, in effect, seizing control of information
assets globally and creating an unfair competition?
No one in ISO will do this.   Even if they were so inclined,
all they have to do is wait.   The W3C will fall.  



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

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com [mailto:Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com]

Uhh, is there a school of thought at ISO that XML and/or the W3C has misappropriated their intellectual property?  Has any legal paper changed hands on this, or are we just arguing about how many lawyers could, in principle, dance on the head of this pin?