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

Paul Madsen paulmadsen at rogers.com
Thu Oct 1 08:31:25 PDT 2009


I see no distinction between the possibility of the name misrepresenting 
the obligations versus a footnote doing the same.

The original objection that motivated this exercise was to the string 
'Liberty', not to the concept of semantic descriptors.

paul

Brett McDowell wrote:
> 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... ?
>
>
>
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> 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?'
>
>     paul
>
>     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     repealed, and new Intellectual Property Policies and Options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?
>>
>>        ...rogerM
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