We should encourage 'non-open source' (i.e. commercial software developers) to
participate - participation does not make that code public or gives the IETF
This should be about testing implementations (regardless of source status) and
making sure that they interoperate and working out issues with drafts and RFC;
not about transferring any ownership or other rights. There are some past well
know events of a similar nature - such as Sun's Connectathons. Perhaps some of
that legal framework exists somewhere?
Sure, for discussions, presentations, and demos, the IETF rules can apply (as
they would in any WG sessions or similar).
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Subject: Re: [hackathon] What is the IPR policy for Hackathon? RE: [94all] IETF
94 - Hackathon Information
The question of rights is important for the Hackathon. I have a personal
perspective on this, largely from a pragmatic viewpoint.
My primary goal is to make it possible for people to hack the things they want
to hack. This means that they should be able to work on Linux kernel and
whatever else, without causing issues in their ability to commit code to the
relevant open source projects. And change existing code. And work together with
others inside and outside the IETF Hackathon. To me this says: respect the
rules of the relevant open source project when it comes to code.
But code is not everything in the Hackathon. You also have discussions,
presentations, and demos. I think it is a reasonable assumption that the usual
IETF copyright and IPR rules apply there. For instance, that IETF gets rights
to use the slides in proceedings, or that if you convince your IETF colleagues
to work on some cool extension, you should let the IETF and those colleagues
know about the IPR you know of...
Is this an approach that people feel comfortable with?
Note: The IAOC and IETF legal team are also working on this topic and may be
saying something as well. This e-mail isn't a legal opinion; I just want to
express my view on what kind of a setup works for the participants.
And that I think needs to be the starting point.