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From Niclas Hedhman <>
Subject Re: IP Clearance and Lazy Consensus
Date Thu, 15 Feb 2007 01:51:27 GMT
On Thursday 15 February 2007 01:09, Brian McCallister wrote:

> Considering the possible legal implications of getting IP wrong, it
> may be a good thing to require the formal approval just to force more
> eyes to look at things. That said, I hesitate to increase the
> incubator workload when the work amounts to covering another PMC's
> butt for them :-)

Yes, looking at the average understanding of the legal issues among the 
membership, and even among seasoned veterans, I think the "lazy consensus" is 
perhaps too optimistic.

Not that there is any reason to assume "a member or officer to not cheat", but 
that a combination of "didn't know better" and "didn't think about it" can 
create unintentional "IP Clearances". AFAIU, it is an important issue to get 
this right.


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