[Members] Patents and Copyright in XEPs

Winfried Tilanus winfried at tilanus.com
Wed Jan 22 09:12:27 UTC 2014


On 21-01-14 11:56, Kurt Zeilenga wrote:

Hi,

> I prefer we take the IETF approach which is to let consensus drive
> whether the need for licensing, and the type of licensing needed,
> depends on the particulars of the situation as determined by
> consensus.

That would be the most straightforward thing to do, and I would not
object against it. But I keep wondering if we aren't missing an
opportunity. The patent system is here, like it or not. So why not use
it to our advantage in stead of waiting and react once we run into it?

> I note that the IETF never itself takes a position on the vality of a
> patent claim, neither should the XSF IMO.

That is wise, in the end only the patent courts can make that call.

Winfried


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