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From Brian Behlendorf <br...@collab.net>
Subject RE: patent licenses on OASIS standards
Date Fri, 25 Feb 2005 01:43:41 GMT
On Thu, 24 Feb 2005, Lawrence Rosen wrote:
> My initial reaction was to reject this out-of-hand as yet another chore for
> some group of underpaid volunteers. But on second thought, I believe you may
> have identified a really effective way to solve the "open standards"
> problem.
> Industry players, in particular Microsoft, hate our appropriation of the
> term "open standards" to mean our version of patent and copyright licensing.
> They hate it almost as much as they hate our refusal to accept RAND, because
> they like to pretend their standards are open too. But if we let their
> captive standards organizations develop their standards and then *we bless*
> the open ones afterwards according to our own criteria, they can do whatever
> they want. Our list of approved open standards will prevail as the
> authority. Their standards will become worthless in the open source
> community without our stamp of approval.

It was a combination of brilliance and luck that led to being able to 
register the opensource.org domain name in 1998.  Openstandards.org was 
registered in 2000, but has been dormant ever since.  Perhaps the owner of 
that site could be contacted?


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