[Standards] XEP Authors

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Thu Jun 8 21:51:58 UTC 2017

Sadly, I think this is necessary.

On 6/8/17 3:08 PM, Dave Cridland wrote:
> Folks,
> I came across an interesting case recently where a listed author of an
> open standard was presumed to know the contents of the specification
> fully - that is, as if they had written every word. Moreover, by
> inference so was their employer. This came up in an IPR court case.
> The (very high) level detail is here:
> https://github.com/w3c/webrtc-pc/issues/942#issuecomment-277034696
> I'm considering advising Board that we should address this by
> instituting a policy whereby changes to XEPs result in all listed
> authors being notified (a PR will do, I imagine), and those who do not
> respond within a reasonable time (hand-wave, hand-wave) must be
> de-listed and moved to a "Previous Authors" section of the XEP.
> Note that this is *NOT* intended as a punishment for unresponsive
> authors, hence the "Previous Authors" section - it's to protect
> authors and their employers from legal action.
> I have to admit I'm surprised that such legal considerations exist,
> but the central argument - that if your name is on a document, you're
> presumed to know what it contains - seems sufficiently intuitive that
> we should take notice.
> Comments?
> Dave.

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