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Re: Possible RFC 3683 PR-action

2008-03-25 14:42:10

Raising a technical problem anonymously does not seem to be a
concern.  However, there could be significant IPR problems with
anonymous solutions to technical problems.

What kind of problems?

If there is IPR associated with a potential solution, then a 
malicious person could use an anonymous posting to avoid the NOTE 
WELL.  This would allow the IPR holder could reasonably claim that 
they were unaware that the IETF was considering the use of their 
encumbered technology.  Thus, they would not make an IPR 
statement.  If we learned that the anonymous posting actually came 
from person was affiliated with the IPR holder, then there is legal 
recourse.  My point is that by avoiding anonymous posting, the 
likelihood of such abuse is significantly reduced.


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