[Standards] XSF Patent and Copyright Policy

Brian Cully bcully at gmail.com
Thu Mar 11 00:53:08 UTC 2010


On 10-Mar-2010, at 19:32, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

> I've become concerned about the possibility that our open protocols
> could be polluted by accepting technical contributions (such as mailing
> list posts or bug reports) from people who might later claim that their
> contributions are copyrighted or patented.
> 
> The IETF avoids this problem through their "note well" statement
> <http://www.ietf.org/about/note-well.html>, which is presented to all
> list subscribers, referenced at the beginning of every face-to-face
> meeting, etc. To protect the XMPP ecosystem, I think we need a similar
> warning about participation in the XSF's standards process.

	+1 from me. The only possible bone I have to pick is over copyright vs. distribution/modification, but the safest course of action, IMHO, is what you've gone with and assigned copyright over the protocol to the XSF.

-bjc


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