[OSGeo-Discuss] Supporting Standards
Michael P. Gerlek
mpg at flaxen.com
Thu Sep 6 17:49:50 PDT 2012
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Quoting all of item 4, to put Stefano's quote in context:
"Standards specifications are made accessible to all for implementation
and deployment. Affirming standards organizations have defined
procedures to develop specifications that can be implemented under
fair terms. Given market diversity, fair terms may vary from royalty-free
to fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND)."
I'm pretty pragmatic about this stuff, so I see this as a perfectly reasonable position for an organization to take.
On Sep 6, 2012, at 8:52 AM, Stefano Costa <steko at iosa.it> wrote:
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> Il 06/09/2012 17:26, Seven (aka Arnulf) ha scritto:
>> Folks, one item on the OGC Architecture Board meeting agenda today
>> was to look at this web site: http://open-stand.org/principles/
>> - From my perspective the principles listed here are very much
>> aligned with our goals and nicely worded. So my suggestion is to
>> support this initiative as an organization . Let's have a dialog
>> here and if we come to the conclusion that we want to officially
>> endorse this submit a motion to the board for their next meeting.
> I'm a bit worried by the vague wording of those principles.
> More in detail, point 4 is crucial, stating that:
> fair terms may vary from royalty-free to fair, reasonable, and
> non-discriminatory terms (FRAND).
> See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#RAND for some
> background of why this is problematic for free and open source
> software (our mission, I believe).
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