On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 6:07 PM, Dave CROCKER <dhc2(_at_)dcrocker(_dot_)net>
A number of people have indicated that they believe the draft contract
language is standard, and required by the government.
It occurs to me that we should try to obtain copies of the exact language
used for meetings by other groups like ours.
I think the exact language is entirely irrelevant. This is after all
an authoritarian government that historically just doesn't operate in
a rules-based manner. The language we've seen is extremely vague. De
facto, if a political threat is perceived, a strong unpleasant
reaction is to be expected, and lawyers won't be invited to table to
construe the finer meanings of the rules. My impression is that it's
highly unlikely that the doings of the IETF will be perceived as
politically threatening, but if I'm wrong on that, an appeal to
section 3.8.7(a) of the agreement is unlikely to be material.
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