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Re: Renewing Working Groups, a proposal

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:03:57 -0700
Message-id: <7966A3AD-9A95-4A49-BAE8-AA7634D24009@apple.com>
To: Revising W3C Process Community Group <public-w3process@w3.org>
Following up to myself (I know, I should not), this gap is easily closed by having the WG operating under Charter B issue WDs immediately on forming (maybe as part of the charter: ‘this WG adopts the following WDs as WDs.’)

Then there is a pre-existing WD when every (re-)joins.

Is there any other circumstance in which the answer to the question ‘is a new charter a new WG?’ makes a material difference?

> On Jun 2, 2015, at 9:46 , David Singer <singer@apple.com> wrote:
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> OK, I can think of one material difference between what you wrote and what I wrote, but it’s pretty arcane.  We should explore for more. I think this is an unlikely edge case, and would be fine with leaving it for a lawsuit to decide (if ever).
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> A group operates under charter A and produces Working Drafts for which the members have Exclusion Opportunities.
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> The charter expires, and a new charter B is written which documents continuing work on those documents is in scope.
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> Now, W3C Member Q, who was not a member of the WG under charter A, joins the WG under charter B, before that WG has produced any new Working Drafts.
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> Does Q have an exclusion opportunity for the WDs produced under Charter A, and hence an agreement to license, or not?
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> Under your interpretation, the answer is ‘yes’.  Under mine, the answer is ‘no’.
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> The question really is only relevant if one or more odd things happen:
> * Q resigns before any WD is produced
> * or there was material for which Q held IPR, in the earlier WDs from Charter A, that was removed in WDs made Charter B, that somehow made its way into the Recommendation.
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> Pretty obscure, I think.
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> David Singer
> Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.
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David Singer
Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.
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