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

Roger Martin roger.martin at corp.aol.com
Wed Sep 30 06:23:36 PDT 2009


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altered, amended, or repealed, and new Intellectual Property Policies 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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