|George Zagelow||Aug 5, 2004 9:24 am|
|Subject:||[chairs] [Fwd: New requirements on Individual Members]|
|From:||George Zagelow (zage...@us.ibm.com)|
|Date:||Aug 5, 2004 9:24:56 am|
Chair, OASIS UDDI Member Section Steering Committee Managing Director, UDDI Operators Council Web Services Strategy, IBM Software Group 1-408-463-4041 or 543-4041, FAX 3319 zage...@us.ibm.com
---------------------- Forwarded by George Zagelow/Santa Teresa/IBM on 08/05/2004 09:24 AM ---------------------------
To: OASIS Chairs <cha...@lists.oasis-open.org> cc:
Subject: [chairs] [Fwd: New requirements on Individual Members]
Other OASIS chairs, I suspect you may not be aware of the major changes in requirements for Individual Members included in the recent proposed IPR Policy. Individual Membership would no longer be available to anyone whose IP is owned by his or her employer (as required by most employment agreements). Please review my comments below. Whatever your opinions on this topic, I encourage you to submit comments to ipr-...@lists.oasis-open.org before the end of the comment period (September 10). I also encourage you to inform your TCs of this proposed change and encourage your members to submit comments on this or any other aspects of the proposed revised IPR Policy. For your reference, the draft IPR Policy is at http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/members-only/download.php/7515 and the FAQ is at http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/members-only/download.php/7554 Thanks, Steve Hanna Co-chair, OASIS PKI TC -------- Original Message -------- Subject: New requirements on Individual Members Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 11:37:14 -0400 From: Steve Hanna <sha...@funk.com> To: ipr-...@lists.oasis-open.org The new proposed IPR Policy includes a most unwelcome and unfortunate change. Here's the text in the FAQ that describes it: 3.6. Are there changes to the eligibility rules for Individual members?
Yes. If an individualâs IP is owned by his or her employer, (as is required by most employment agreements), he or she will be unable to continue to participate under the OASIS Individual Membership level.
In my view, this change would be an awful mistake. Here are three reasons why: 1) Individual Members are among the most enthusiastic and energetic members of my TC and many others.
2) For many organizations, Individual Membership is a path to Organizational Membership. They start by having one Individual Member. Then several more join and their management sees that OASIS is important to their business.
3) Making this change would make OASIS less open, ensuring that only organizations or unemployed individuals can participate.
The FAQ states that this change is being made "to ensure that Contributions have clear licensing obligations and that licenses are available to implement all OASIS Standards and specifications." I support this goal but I think it could better be achieved by requiring Individual Members whose IP is owned by their employers to have those employers sign documents agreeing to the necessary obligations. Thanks, Steve Hanna Co-chair, OASIS PKI TC