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From "Sanjiva Weerawarana" <sanj...@opensource.lk>
Subject Re: Licensing question regarding WS-ReliableMessaging
Date Sat, 15 Nov 2003 15:36:39 GMT
Hi Brian,

Thanks for your reply. I in fact did ask for and get approval
from IBM to participate in this project *before* I submitted
this proposal.

So let's consider this matter resolved!

Thanks,

Sanjiva.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Behlendorf" <brian@collab.net>
To: <licensing@apache.org>
Cc: <general@ws.apache.org>; <pmc@ws.apache.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2003 1:55 AM
Subject: Re: Licensing question regarding WS-ReliableMessaging


> On Thu, 13 Nov 2003, Sanjiva Weerawarana wrote:
> > The specification we'd like to implement is:
> >     http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/webservices/library/ws-rm/
> > The concerned IP statements are at the top of the specification.
>
> I *believe* there's general agreement that an implementation of a protocol
> is not a derivative work of the specification for that protocol.  For some
> reason Java implementations of JCP JSRs are considered derivative, but I
> believe that's on the theory that they implement a specific namespace.  So
> as far as copyright is concerned, there is no worry.
>
> Furthermore, (to use IBM as an example), any right that IBM has to
> implement the protocol, whether under copyright or trademark, is passed
> along to the Apache project through the contributions of IBM-employed
> contributors.  Since IBM was apparently a key participant in the
> definition of this protocol, there shouldn't be a question.  Since you're
> an employee of IBM, though, you should ask an IBM lawyer to confirm.
>
> Brian
>
>
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