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From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:ricko@allette.com.au]

>The ISO brass need to make crystal clear that use of an
>ISO Standard code list in compiled form (or displayed in a list in a GUI)
>is an "internal use".  


>Remember, non-commercial use is not in question
>here, so Free software developers are immune to problems here.

Perhaps but possibly not the companies who profit by their work. 

Still, given a redeployment of new codes, the user community at 
large would pay indirect costs (See EOLAS patent suit and 
responses).  When something this widely deployed is restricted, 
everyone pays.  International code lists seem like an incredibly 
expensive low-probability-of-success place to begin licensing 

An interesting aspect of this event is the distinction between the US 
"fair use" policy and the UK and current and former Commonwealth 
(includes Australia and Canada) policies of "fair dealing".

International copyright law is not completely international, 
and that is another issue for the ISO authorities to mull over.



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