[OpenID board] Feedback on latest drafts of OpenID IPR Policy and Process

Dick Hardt dick at sxip.com
Wed Nov 28 15:36:10 UTC 2007

On 28-Nov-07, at 7:19 AM, Scott Kveton wrote:

>>  I agree with Drummond's comments. I have not had time to review the
>> documents, and likely won't until late this week.
>> A suggestion I have around major decisions would be to put them  
>> out for
>> referendum to members of the OIDF. We can use OpenIDs to identity  
>> people and
>> easily to electronic voting. This puts the power clearly in the  
>> hands of the
>> community instead of in the hands of the board or spec council.  
>> Changes to
>> the policy and final approval of specifications and potential  
>> approval of
>> WGs could be done this way. The spec council and board could take  
>> a position
>> and make recommendation, but putting the major decisions in the  
>> hands of the
>> community clearly empowers them and keeps the board and council from
>> becoming an old boys network and leaving the membership feeling  
>> out of the
>> loop.
> I think this is a fantastic idea in the long-term but doesn't fit well
> with the goals we've set out as a board to try and adopt the IPR (or
> get as close as possible) by IIW.

Is the goal to rubber stamp the IPR (primarily driven by large  
vendors) or to create an IPR that protects and empowers the  
community, which we as a board represent?

I don't think there is a second chance to do the IPR.

-- Dick

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