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Re: Invited expert and CG Contributor agreements

From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:33:07 -0500
Message-ID: <549088F3.6070802@w3.org>
To: David Singer <singer@apple.com>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
CC: "Michael Champion (MS OPEN TECH)" <Michael.Champion@microsoft.com>, public-w3process <public-w3process@w3.org>

On 12/16/2014 2:24 PM, David Singer wrote:
>   If I own the copyright in my contributions (and I do), I cannot then be constrained in what I do with something I own, reasonably, can I?

Well, you can be constrained if you agree in advance to constrain 
yourself.  I believe that is Sam's concern.

My understanding is that when this was instituted, that W3C (Team? AC?) 
was concerned about allowing IE's to come into W3C with contributions 
and then creating derivative works which would cause confusion or 
non-interoperability.  Hence they asked IEs to agree not to create such 
confusion or non-interoperability.

Someone who has been around longer than me can clarify whether that was 
indeed the concern.
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