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RE: [xml-dev] Cutting special deals for open source developers --noway!
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Jonathan Robie <email@example.com>,"Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 11:09:34 -0500
Then I think our only point of disagreement is the flexibility
for an exceptional circumstance in which the technology is so
compelling, it is in the public interest or in this case, the
interests of the W3C membership to accept the encumbrance as
the cost of acquiring access to the technology.
That should clearly be an exception and the policy must
reflect this and provide a means to ensure it is strictly
followed. How to do this is problematic, but I agree that
unless one can be sure the person in the next seat isn't
"ripping me off as I work openly", I'm not likely to have
beer with them after the gig. Unfortunately, there are
those that can and have done so and we should not be
cherry about that. Where W3C offers a sound policy,
the Miller Time quotient goes up.
If after much discussion and wrangling, those who
have to decide cannot find a way to better the quality
of Miller Time, then the only recourse is to set the
policy as you say: no encumbered technology. That
will also have side effects and they may be as Tim said,
"reasonable" if only because they are unavoidable.
Then community norms will come into play. We can say
this is the case, but informal norms by definition are
not policy driven. They are karma. Karma is not
justice; simply irrevocable like lighting a match
in a room full of pure oxygen.
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:email@example.com]
I agree that formal norms are important. These formal norms should require
that WG participants agree to make any IPR necessary for implementing a
standard available. The only part of the RAND policy that I disagree with
is that I believe that IPR actually needed to implement a standard should
be available without cost.