[KI-LC] [BoT] Proposed Change to the Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Cahill, Conor P conor.p.cahill at intel.com
Thu Oct 1 08:22:58 PDT 2009

I think that Apache 2.0 and Creative Commons are well known names within legal teams... so you don't need to change those names.

The problem is mostly around the "Liberty" name.   I do suggest we change that to something along the lines of "Reciprocal RF with fallback to RAND" as that makes it much easier for everyone to understand and they should get why it's there as another option compared to the others as opposed to just an extension of the Liberty legacy.


From: trustees-bounces at kantarainitiative.org [mailto:trustees-bounces at kantarainitiative.org] On Behalf Of Brett McDowell
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 11:13 AM
To: Paul Madsen
Cc: Leadership Council; Roger.Martin at corp.aol.com; Kantara BoT
Subject: Re: [BoT] [KI-LC] Proposed Change to the Intellectual Property Rights Policy

As a thought exercise, let's explore Paul's suggestion.

We might call the "Liberty Option" something like "Reciprocal Royalty Free"

We might call "Creative Commons Option" something like... "Share Alike w/Attribution" or "Free Derivative Copyright" or ???

We might call "Apache 2.0 Option" something like... "Software Contributors Licensing Agreement" or "Software CLA"

Is that ultimately more helpful or more confusing?  I see it open the door for disputing the title or claiming the title misrepresents the legal obligations of the license.  It could muddy the waters.  That said, what do you think... ?

Brett McDowell | http://info.brettmcdowell.com | http://kantarainitiative.org

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:06 AM, Paul Madsen <paulmadsen at rogers.com<mailto:paulmadsen at rogers.com>> wrote:
Why not use meaningful labels for the policies?

I forsee lots of 'Option C, now which one is that?'


Roger Martin wrote:

To: BoT and LC

The Leadership Council has requested (LC Motion 2009-09-14-E, see http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/x/DQATAg for further details) to change the name of the IPR policy currently named "Option Liberty" to a name that is more descriptive of the legal definitions within that policy.  The LC has not suggested a new name, but has requested that the BoT make a change.

Revision of the Kantara Initiative Intellectual Property Rights Policies requires Supermajority approval of the Board of Trustees.  (see Article 7)..."Except where otherwise provided for in individual Articles herein, this Intellectual Property Policies and the Options may only be altered, amended, or repealed, and new Intellectual Property Policies and Options adopted, upon approval by a Supermajority of the Board."

The Officers have discussed this request and have come to the recommendation that a more generic change is in order.  It is proposed that each individual IPR policy option in the Intellectual Property Rights Policies document be given a generic name (e.g. Option A, Option B, Option C, etc).  For each Option, a footnote would be included that explains the source of the policy and the recommended uses of that policy.

Before actually preparing the specific changes, we have decided to open this up for discussion among the BoT and LC members.

Do you have an opinion or recommendations regarding this issue?


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