[Members] XSF joining the software patent non-aggression community

Kurt Zeilenga kurt.zeilenga at isode.com
Fri May 2 13:53:00 UTC 2014

How does joining the OIN help us in fulfilling our mission?

From an IPR perspective, we already offer a more liberal, more general license grant to our patent portfolio than what the OIN asks us to grant, and we already get the benefit for the OIN grant made by its participants.  That is, from an IPR perspective, this seems to be a no-op.

I would be concerned that joining the OIN would confuse our IPR policy.  Instead of having a single statement of our license grant is, we'd effectively have two, where one was (hopefully) a pure subset of the other.   I rather have a single, clear statement of our license grant.   I would also be concerned about the possible change to the any external produced license grant statement, such as that which the OIN asks us to make.

While it seems that the OIN sees value in the XSF joining the OIN,  we should be careful not confuse value to OIN as value, or value to the Linux community to the XSF, or value to the XMPP community.

I don't see how joining the OIN helps us in our mission and I have concerns that it might confuse our IPR statements, hence I currently am against the XSF joining the OIN.   However, if someone were to make a good cause that joining the XSF would help us fulfill our mission, I will reconsider my position here.

-- Kurt

On Apr 30, 2014, at 10:02 AM, Ralph Meijer <ralphm at ik.nu> wrote:

> Dear Members,
> As mentioned in today's Board meeting, the XSF has received an
> invitation from Open Invention Network (OIN) to join "the software
> patent non-aggression pact". Attached in full, including two PDFs.
> What this would mean for the XSF, and whether or not we join the OIN, is
> ultimately up to the membership.
> Please discuss.
> -- 
> ralphm
> <FW: XSF joining the software patent non-aggression community.eml>

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