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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: Apache project as a JSR reference implementation
Date Sun, 15 Jan 2006 18:38:55 GMT

Jukka Zitting wrote:
> Hi,
> On 1/15/06, Geir Magnusson Jr <geir@pobox.com> wrote:
>> Well, if you guys can control the EG, I'd propose that you work entirely
>> in public, just like an Apache (or other community-oriented open source
>> project does).
> That would be very nice. IANAL so I'm not exactly sure of what are the
> legal constraints for doing that. The JSPA (2.0) section 11
> (Publicity) puts pretty heavy constraints on discussing any JSR work
> publicly, but the JCP 2: Process Document (2.6) section 2.1.1 (Freedom
> of working style) allows and even encourages transparency. Are there
> other openness constraints for JSR work? If not, then I suppose the
> expert group could very well decide to be as open as needed.

That's right.  The JSPA has a constrictive structure when working 
privately, all allegedly to ensure that no one gets an early advantage 
in the market (except for the EG members, I suppose) and to enable 
contributors not used to public discussion to be able to float ideas and 
IP in private.  Or something.

However, if you all work on a public list that is considered to be under 
the terms of the Apache License and the appropriate contributors 
agreements (like all Apache projects do implicitly, and some - like 
Harmony - do explicitly (see the top of 
http://incubator.apache.org/harmony/mailing.html), then the IP rules 
don't apply.  Now, there may be EG members who are reluctant to work 
this way, so there is where lobbying and constructive engagement from us 
will help.

>> You would be breaking fresh ground at the ASF if you could convince the
>> EG to work this way.  I will happily help you in any way that you could
>> use me.
> Cool, thanks! I'll check back with the EG and we'll see what comes out
> of this. :-)

Right.  Day Software is the spec lead.  David Nuescheler clearly "gets 
it" and further, our own Roy Fielding (yes, Roy, we appear to own you :) 
is their Chief Scientist, so you have quite a bit of help on your side 
here.  let us know.


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