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From Davanum Srinivas <d...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Revised OpenSAML proposal
Date Thu, 30 Jan 2003 19:43:37 GMT
Does any one have contacts at RSA? I sent an email to Robert (see
http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/security-services/200204/msg00110.html), but he is
out-of-office till moday. Found him via the IPR section @
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/security/

Thanks,
dims

--- robert burrell donkin <robertburrelldonkin@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
> On Thursday, January 30, 2003, at 07:08 PM, Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
> 
> > robert burrell donkin wrote:
> 
> <snip>
> 
> >> we've see numerous cases recently about companies sitting on IPR and 
> >> then suddenly demanding money as soon as the technology has been widely 
> >> adopted.
> >>  these murky waters are muddied even further given the recent court win 
> >> for rambus (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/3/29102.html).
> >> maybe apache should make sure that they can get hold of a license for 
> >> this technology before accepting this project.
> >
> > "A" license? What does this mean, that Apache has a license but all users 
> > of it need to ask for one too?  %-|
> 
> i think you'd need to ask an IPR lawyer this.
> 
> the way i see it (but i'm not a lawyer)...
> 
> if rsa really is offering these IP rights royalty free then apache should 
> be able to obtain a license. i suppose whether users will need to ask RSA 
> for a license will depend on the nature of the license under which these 
> rights are offered. if apache can't obtain a license then not only does 
> the ASF risk being sued but it's also clear that (some) users will have 
> difficulties legally using the software we produce.
> 
> maybe someone at the ASF needs to approach RSA officially and find out 
> what their position is.
> 
> - robert
> 
> 
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Davanum Srinivas - http://webservices.apache.org/~dims/

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