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

Lucy Lynch lynch at isoc.org
Thu Oct 1 08:26:43 PDT 2009


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

The problem is mostly around the "Liberty" name.   I do suggest we change t
hat to something along the lines of "Reciprocal RF with fallback to RAND" a
s 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 kanta
rainitiative.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 Rig
hts 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/At
tribution" 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 oblig
ations of the license.  It could muddy the waters.  That said, what do you 
think... ?

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

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://ka
ntarainitiative.org/confluence/x/DQATAg for further details) to change the 
name of the IPR policy currently named "Option Liberty" to a name that is m
ore descriptive of the legal definitions within that policy.  The LC has no
t suggested a new name, but has requested that the BoT make a change.

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or repealed, and new Intellectual Property Policies and Options adopted, up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

The Officers have discussed this request and have come to the recommendatio
n that a more generic change is in order.  It is proposed that each individ
ual 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 eac
h Option, a footnote would be included that explains the source of the poli
cy and the recommended uses of that policy.

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

Do you have an opinion or recommendations regarding this issue?




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