Regarding the potential clause in the contract that has caused this discussion,
which includes the text:
... Should there be any financial
loss incurred to the Hotel or damage caused to the Hotel's
reputation as a result of any or all of the above acts, the Hotel
will claim compensation from the Client."
Again, speaking as an individual, I have a question:
I understand that it is unlikely that anything bad will happen as a result of
this clause in the contract. However, I am wondering what the worst downside
Suppose that some IETF participants (whether regular participants or people who
just show up this one time) were to wage some sort of demonstration that was
bad enough to get the meeting stopped in the middle. Suppose that as of the
time that the IETF meets several other groups have reserved the hotel for
conferences later in the year. Suppose that one or more of these other groups
hears about our meeting being stopped, and decides to cancel their meeting (and
presumably move it somewhere else). Would whomever signs the contract (whether
IAOC or ISOC or the host or whatever) be responsible for the losses that the
hotel would suffer as a result of the cancellation of these other meetings? To
me this seems like it *might* be covered by "financial loss" and "damage to the
hotel's reputation". Just who would be at risk?
I am not a layer. I don't play a lawyer on TV or via email or anywhere else.
However, this looks to me like an unlikely outcome but one that could be very
bad. Thus this would at least seem like a good question to ask the IETF's
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