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From "RL 'Bob' Morgan" <rlmor...@washington.edu>
Subject Re: Revised OpenSAML proposal
Date Wed, 29 Jan 2003 22:18:43 GMT

On Wed, 29 Jan 2003, Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:

> Synergy
> ---------
>
> I cannot fail to remember that we have another possible candidate in
> line (Wyona) that uses saml already and has his implementation in Java.
> I have already asked them about spinning off some of their code to other
> projects in Apache, and they were very positive about it. This is
> another positive thing.

You mean wyona.org?  I don't see anything SAMLish in their distribution
...

> Points to watch
> ----------------
>
> One active committer is not much... this will be our main point to
> watch, and see that it gains momentum.

We'll have to see, but we've been getting lots of interest in this
package, and heard about some other implementations as well; and of course
there are many commercial implementations already from the companies that
contributed to writing the spec.

> Blockers?
> -----------
>
> "Are there IPR-related concerns with SAML (patents held by RSA but
> offered royalty free)?"
>
> Can you please elaborate more on this?

You never know, but the fact that it is now a full year after they first
brought up this claim, and they still haven't had enough interest to come
up with procedures for getting licenses (and why would they, since they're
free), would lead one to believe that they aren't going to pursue
enforcing any rights here very aggressively.  As Scott said, there are so
many nasty patent situations out there, this one seems quite friendly.

 - RL "Bob"



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