[OpenID board] IPR Policy and Process Proposal

Gabe Wachob gabe.wachob at amsoft.net
Mon Apr 23 19:10:39 UTC 2007

On point 5, I actually meant to say that we need advice from large
organizations *and* open source/open standards-interested parties. It should
go without saying, but it may have not been obvious ;-)





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Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 12:09 PM
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Subject: [OpenID board] IPR Policy and Process Proposal


There's now a "there" there. 


Thanks to some prodding from Mike Jones, we had a spurt of activity this
weekend (some of you have been cc'd on emails, some of you are blissfully

The result is the following:


1)   Everyone (including esp Microsoft) would like to be able to close this
IPR policy by IIW - that's aggressive, but everyone seems aligned

2)   There's a relatively concrete proposal for an IPR policy and
lightweight process to enable that policy at
http://openid.net/wiki/index.php/Formal_IPR_Policy and
http://openid.net/wiki/index.php/Formal_Process  respectively

3)   I'm sure there will be some pushback as this is no small feat getting
grassroots and big organizations to play in the same IPR sandbox. On the
other hand, the IPR policy proposed by MS functionally equivalent in most of
the big ways to the OSP, so things may go smoothly. There are outstanding
questions, etc from Johannes and myself - however, I don't consider my
pushback to be all that critical and certainly not worth holding up the

4)   There's been agreement among several of us to set up legal at openid.net -
if someone opposes this (yet another list),  please speak up. However, I
think this is a truly distinct topic that is not going to attract the
broad-base of interest that issues like security might have. In any case, we
obviously need to move this discussion to the community. 

5)   We need to do some outreach to get some legal (and related) advice and
input from other large organizations who are most interested in the IPR
policy - I think between the board here we know all the relevant lawyers and
opinionated people out there. My connections are with EFF and Berkeley
people, and some open source folks. 

6)   I will also post to the wiki a proposed plan for moving this forward
very quickly. 

7)   Did I mention already we want to get this done by IIW? ;-)



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