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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "June2009" by DavidSeanTaylor
Date Mon, 15 Jun 2009 17:53:04 GMT
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http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/June2009

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+ = WSRP4J =
+ 
+ The WSRP4J Project is an implementation of WSRP 1.0 Producer. WSRP is an OASIS specification
that describes a protocol which allows portlets to be accessed remotely using Web Services.
+ 
+ The WSRP4J Project has been adopted by the Portals PMC, while still in the Apache Incubator,
with the intent to eventually graduate as a sub-project of Apache Portals.
+ 
+ However, there has been no changes nor real activity in the WSRP4J project for quite some
time.
+ 
+ While the the interest for WSRP4J might seem to have dwindled, several active Apache Portals
committers still belief there is a real potential to reactivate this project, especially in
the light of the new WSRP 2.0 OASIS specification. As the only existing "open" standard in
this area, interest for a formal release also has been expressed (privately) by several large
organizations, including governmental.
+ 
+ Furthermore, even while there hasn't been a formal WSRP4J (incubator) release so far, in
reality its codebase has been adapted and is in use by non ASF products and projects quite
a lot.
+ 
+ But the primary reason why further development has been stalled is a legal one with regards
to IPR.
+ Two parties of the WSRP technical committee, IBM and WebCollage, have stated patent claims
on the WSRP specification.
+ See also: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/wsrp/ipr.php
+ Concerning the claims from IBM we think those are not limiting us to produce an ASF compliant
release of WSRP4J.
+ But we are still not sure about the claims from WebCollage.
+ 
+ Last year, with the help from legal-internal, we have pursuit to resolve these uncertainties,
and there has been preliminary contact with WebCollage, but this has stalled again.
+ We still hope we can resolve this satisfactory, but we do seek further help and legal advise
how to proceed.
+ 

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