Here is one lawsuit that I noticed in the press this summer:
On Nov 28, 2011, at 3:35 PM, GTW wrote:
Ted, I like your approach of enquiring what problem we are striving to solve
and I like Russ's concise answer that it is "Recent suits against other SDOs
that is the source of the concern"
Russ, what are some of the "Recent suits against other SDOs" It would be
good to pin down the problem we are addressing
There is FTC and N-data matter from 2008
But the solutions in discussion in various SDOs to the issues raised in that
matter have to do with revisions to IP policies more than with antitrust
George T. Willingmyre, P.E.
President, GTW Associates
1012 Parrs Ridge Drive
Spencerville, MD 20868 USA
----- Original Message -----
From: IETF Chair
To: Ted Hardie
Cc: IETF ; IESG
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: An Antitrust Policy for the IETF
The IETF legal counsel and insurance agent suggest that the IETF ought to
have an antitrust policy. To address this need, a lawyer is needed. As a
way forward, I suggest that IASA pay a lawyer to come up with an initial
draft, and then this draft be brought to the community for review and
comment (and probably revision). I think a new mail list should be used for
the discussion. Once the new mail list reaches rough consensus on the
antitrust policy document, I suggest using the usual process for adopting
the policy as an IETF BCP.
What do others think? I am open to suggestions for an alternative approach.
Sorry, can you expand on the threat model here? Are we developing one in
order to defend against some specific worry about our not having one?
Because it has become best practice in other SDOs? Because the insurance
agent wishes to see something in particular?
I hesitate to develop something that we have not needed in the past unless
it is clear what benefit it gives us. In particular, if we develop one
without some particular characteristic, do we lose the benefits of being
where we are now?
Recent suits against other SDOs is the source of the concern. The idea is t
make it clear which topics are off limits at IETF meetings and on IETF mail
lists. In this way, if such discussions take place, the good name of the
IETF can be kept clean.
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