Dave, if the nature of current automotive practice and house construction
and outside environment is such that the risks and the risk protection
measures are fairly well known, the analogy I am suggesting is there is no
need for new types of auto and home insurance, there is just the need for
the automotive user and home dweller to purchase that insurance and the
provider of that insurance to deliver when an incident occurs. This is the
problem of not buying the insurance or not delivering on the insurance
previously bought. It is the problem of addressing some new until now
not thought of technology or risk. The former problems are different than
If there are already procedures generally in place to address whatever
antitrust risks might arise then problems arise when the participants dont
follow existing rules or the overseers of the process do not see to that the
existing rules are followed. As far as I have been able to discern these
are the issues that have been alleged in the case that is cited to justify
why we need an antitrust policy. It seems to me that the threat of
litigation that IETF has not followed its existing procedures is the proper
analogy to draw if any from the litigation cited. Have there been any
instances of litigation regarding IETF in this regard?
George T. Willingmyre, P.E.
President, GTW Associates
1012 Parrs Ridge Drive
Spencerville, MD 20868 USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave CROCKER" <dhc(_at_)dcrocker(_dot_)net>
To: "IETF Discussion" <ietf(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org>
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2011 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: An Antitrust Policy for the IETF
I side with those who focus on solving real problems not hypothetical
Does this mean that those who have not had a car accident should not carry
auto insurance? Should those who have not had their house suffer damage
from wind, rain, flood or fire or had someone sue them after slipping on
the sidewalk should not have homeowner's insurance?
I do not understand this reference to theory -- apparently with the goal
of deferring any action -- about something that is already known to be a
legitimate danger in the real world of standards organizations.
Concern for an overly broad scope for the effort is another matter.
Maintaining narrow focus is good for any effort...
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