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QAH: good stuff! s/IPR/patent, copyright, trademark, and trade-secret issues/

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 12:42:03 -0500
To: www-qa@w3.org
Message-Id: <1084297323.32020.453.camel@dirk>

I just browsed the new QA handbook; nifty!
http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-qa-handbook-20040510/

I don't like the use of "IPR" though. I suggest
you use more clear terms, such as
	patent
	copyright
	trademark
	trade secret

I find this argument persuasive:

``Intellectual property'' is also an unwise generalization. The term is
a catch-all that lumps together several disparate legal systems,
including copyright, patents, trademarks, and others, which have very
little in common. These systems of law originated separately, cover
different activities, operate in different ways, and raise different
public policy issues. If you learn a fact about copyright law, you would
do well to assume it does not apply to patent law, since that is almost
always so.

--
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#IntellectualProperty

If you must lump them together, use "legal issues" instead
of "IPR".

-- 
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
see you at the WWW2004 in NY 15-21 May?
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