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Re: PaySwarm is controlled by this group

From: Joseph Potvin <jpotvin@opman.ca>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:03:09 -0500
Message-ID: <CAKcXiSrBsvKA3mqpvO6p2Z_f9Ko8G1NBJg2MWBikOSW4Bsg+DQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
Thanks Manu, and happy new year. I'll find this important and useful to
explore and discuss, but I'm not sure if details on these considerations
will be sufficiently interesting to others on this list to discuss within
this venue. Should this be considered in another particular venue, or in an
email sub-thread?

In  general the two reasons I think it's important to proactively revisit
the resilience of intellectual rights management around both this spec and
reference implementation source code are:
(a) Their success would be really significant, so will attract well-funded
attention (not all of it desireable)
(b) Expanded intellectual rights provisions in the new generation of trade
agreements can make otherwise minor oversights on seemingly esoteric
pedantic distinctions terribly significant in legal eyes.

Let me know if this list is the best place to interact on this topic.


On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>wrote:

> Joseph, David,
> I think both of you are unfamiliar with the way W3C community groups
> operate with regard to copyright and patent concerns. :)
> 392+ W3C member companies signed off on the way these issues are
> handled, so if you were to find a hole in the hand-off mechanism for W3C
> specs, you'd catch quite a number of companies by surprise. I'm not
> saying that you may not find and issue, I'm just saying that many large
> tech company lawyers have combed through this process and found it
> adequate for world standards work.
> On 12/30/2013 09:41 PM, Joseph Potvin wrote:
> > RE: "control of those specs was handed over to this Community Group
> > some time ago"
> >
> > Is the "handed over" part explicit and documented?
> Yes and yes. More specifically, the hand-over happens in 3 phases:
> The first is in the license the specification is published under. If you
> look at any of the specs we have in this group, you will see this text:
> """
> Copyright  2013 the Contributors to the XYZ Specification, published by
> the Web Payments Community Group under the W3C Community Contributor
> License Agreement (CLA). A human-readable summary is available.
> """
> For example, look here:
> https://web-payments.org/specs/source/web-commerce/
> The human-readable Community License Agreement is available here:
> http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla-deed/
> The legal document elaborating on the license is available here:
> http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla/
> In general, the specs that are published on the web-payments.org website
> allow the community to:
> Share  copy and distribute the Specification.
> Modify the Specification  make new versions of the Specification. If
> you make new versions of the Specification you must include attribution
> to the original Specification (but not in any way that suggests that
> they endorse you or your use of the work).
> Implement the Specification  secure the royalty-free rights from
> contributors necessary to implement the specification.
> This first phase happened when this group was created. The W3C has a
> record of it happening. We ensured that this license applied to all
> specs worked on by this group. You can go through the git history for
> the website to see when it happened for each spec.
> The second phase happens when we produce a Final Specification
> Agreement, which requires all of the contributors to the specification
> to sign off on their submissions once again (just to be sure that
> everyone understands that they're giving up certain copy rights and
> patent rights). This will happen when we think the specs are ready to go
> Recommendation track (the track that takes them to a world standard) at
> W3C. Most W3C CG specs go through this process.
> The third phase happens when the W3C member companies are given
> exclusionary periods to hold back patents that they're holding that
> cover the technology being developed. When the exclusionary period is
> over, certain identified patents fall into a royalty-free pool for
> purposes of implementing the specification. All W3C specs go through
> this process.
> To my knowledge, we've never had a failure of this process. It's the
> same process that is used for most every open Web standard published by
> the W3C today.
> I know it's a pain to look through this stuff, but please make sure you
> understand how the W3C patent and copyright policy works before
> attempting to build something on top of it. :)
> http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla-deed/
> http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla/
> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy-20040205/
> http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/
> http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/tr.html#Reports
> If someone believes that what we've done has not achieved what the
> W3C CLA intends to achieve for the current set of specs published by
> this group, please tell us why you think there is a hole in the current
> process or exactly how there is an issue with how we've executed upon it.
> -- manu
> --
> Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
> Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
> blog: The Worlds First Web Payments Workshop
> http://www.w3.org/2013/10/payments/

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