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RE: Licence issue / versioning

From: Vladimir Grishchenko <VGrishchenko@serena.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 09:39:46 -0800
Message-ID: <55646D9DC2748E4CACDD632FF2E53982130931@hqmail.serena.com>
To: <ietf-dav-versioning@w3.org>
In a sense it is just like television - TV signal is an open standard and is free but you have to pay for a TV set to do anything useful with it. It the difference between the  standards and their implementations, while the former are usually free the latter are typically not. In general it is perfectly legal to charge for a WebDAV feature even when the underlying implementation is based on a 3rd party product, provided that, of course, your vendor doesn't violate any license agreements with that 3rd party.


From: ietf-dav-versioning-request@w3.org on behalf of de Carvalho Klose, Daniel
Sent: Fri 3/17/2006 3:24 AM
To: ietf-dav-versioning@w3.org
Subject: Licence issue / versioning 

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am currently concerning about one issue referring to the licence model
of one commercial vendor of a certain project management software and
would like to kindly ask you if it is right what this vendor is doing:

The vendor is promoting a webbased projectmanagement tool that has the
webdav standard included (file repository for project data etc.). The
weird thing of his licence model is, that the customer has to pay for
the "versioning feature" within the webdav standard. It seems totally
odd for me, since WEBDAV is an open standard that has already the
versioning feature included. For me it would be the same as paying for
the "send" feature in the ftp protocol, whereas "receiving" is free!

I appreciate any statement regarding to my issue.

Kindest regards.

Dipl.- Ing. MSc Daniel de Carvalho Klose       
System Administration  
FTI Engineering Network GmbH   
Witzlebenplatz 4   
D-14057 Berlin 
phone:  +49 (0) 30 / 30 83 36 - 20
fax:    +49 (0) 30 / 30 83 36 - 60     

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