[OpenID board] IPR Policy and Process Proposal
dick at sxip.com
Tue Apr 24 23:26:35 UTC 2007
I have concerns with both documents:
Formal IPR Policy:
Blanket Reciprocity term -- Sxip has significant Patents in this
space and just giving all those patents that are not needed for
implementing OpenID to any Contributor is a challenging issue for us
and I would imagine a non-starter for large organizations. Perhaps I
am missing something about the intent of this term
This is looking like the basis for a standards body now. I thought we
had decided that we would move the specifications to a standards body
so that we did not have to reinvent the wheel? Voting, membership,
governance are big issues that are not defined in this document --
so even though it looks complex now, wait until those issues are
On 23-Apr-07, at 9:08 PM, Gabe Wachob wrote:
> 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 ignorant).
> 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 process.
> 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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