"Margaret" == Margaret Wasserman <margaret(_at_)thingmagic(_dot_)com>
>> Areas where a discussion might be useful would be to explain
>> why the open source community wants to do this etc.
Margaret> While it might be interesting to gain this insight into
Margaret> the motivations open source community, I don't know that
Margaret> it would be pertinent to the issue at hand.
I've always found that understanding someone's position is an
important and necessary step to determining if it is a good idea. I
don't think a discussion of whether this is a good idea for the
Internet would be useful without first understanding the positions of
the people who think it is a good idea. But if you have a different
way of building consensus feel free to pursue that way.
Some questions I'd suggest you consider:
* Have the IETF's current IPR practices actually limited any company's
ability to embrace and extend Internet standards?
* Have the current IETF's IPR practices limited the ability of any
company to explain how it has extended Internet standards when it chooses
to do so?
* What problems are created if the IETF fails as an organization?
Would a successor be able to take existing standards and produce
standards based on them? How do the IETF's IPR processes make this easier
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