[KI-LC] Proposed Change to the Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Colin Wallis Colin.Wallis at dia.govt.nz
Wed Sep 30 16:48:57 PDT 2009

All good, but my only comment is that we will need to be careful to always use hyperlinks or similar to indicate the context of a particular option. So, e.g. Option C, should link to a KI web page which lays out the range of options clearly.

From: lc-bounces at kantarainitiative.org [mailto:lc-bounces at kantarainitiative.org] On Behalf Of Roger Martin
Sent: Thursday, 1 October 2009 2:24 a.m.
To: Kantara BoT; Leadership Council
Subject: [KI-LC] Proposed Change to the Intellectual Property Rights Policy

To: BoT and LC

The Leadership Council has requested (LC Motion 2009-09-14-E, see http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/x/DQATAg for further details) to change the name of the IPR policy currently named "Option Liberty" to a name that is more descriptive of the legal definitions within that policy.  The LC has not suggested a new name, but has requested that the BoT make a change.

Revision of the Kantara Initiative Intellectual Property Rights Policies requires Supermajority approval of the Board of Trustees.  (see Article 7)..."Except where otherwise provided for in individual Articles herein, this Intellectual Property Policies and the Options may only be altered, amended, or repealed, and new Intellectual Property Policies and Options adopted, upon approval by a Supermajority of the Board."

The Officers have discussed this request and have come to the recommendation that a more generic change is in order.  It is proposed that each individual IPR policy option in the Intellectual Property Rights Policies document be given a generic name (e.g. Option A, Option B, Option C, etc).  For each Option, a footnote would be included that explains the source of the policy and the recommended uses of that policy.

Before actually preparing the specific changes, we have decided to open this up for discussion among the BoT and LC members.

Do you have an opinion or recommendations regarding this issue?


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