[expertfinder-dev] Re: clearing up IP issues

Axel Polleres axel.polleres at deri.org
Sat Nov 17 01:24:18 GMT 2007

Hi Paola,

paola.dimaio at gmail.com wrote:
> Axel
> thanks for response
> As I heard that Expertfinder was initially a funded initiative of
> which I dont have details,  

Not that I know of. So far, no official funding is involved.
Everybody contributed so far by own funds or resources committed
and for the moment this is fine for me and should not hamper any further 
progress. Mid/long-term, if we have particular results o present, such a 
discussion might indeed make sense though.

So, in order to get going again, and achieve such results, as a first 
step I suggest, I'd appreciate if you could send around the minutes 
about our discussion in Busan as you proposed to see where we get at the 

Thanks & best regards,

> I wanted to make sure this does not come
> with some IP burden of sorts
> I also think there are no issues however our consensual agreement
> should be explicit and we should do due diligence in that respect, as
> there have been some previous cases of misunderstanding in the past on
> other projects
> I am working on adopting creative commons licenses on other projects,
> and I have not
> so far been able to resolve some conflicts within the license itself.,
> and I dont think it will work for me -  so I am personally adopting a
> standard copyright approach when contributing to public projects (that
> means: everyone can use as desired/needed my contribution as long as
> a) they infrom me, b) they attribute my work to me c) if any revenue
> arises from my contribution I am owed a share of the revenues)
> My preference is:
> - allow contributors to preserve copyright as they wish, unless they
> state otherwise
> (this includes allowing them to license under creative commons or any
> other formula that they prefer)
> - in the absence of explicit statements, copyright law applies
> The above should give freedom to chose what people want for themselves
> I also think that the mailing list and wiki would ideally have more
> than one admin
> at any given time, this is to avoid bottlenecks and/or other possible
> accidental arbitrary unilateral behaviour from any one person . This
> means: irrespectively of who started the initiative, if this is to
> progress thanks to the contribution of other individuals, they also
> need to share the admins responsibility or something
> I think whoever is responding faster to emails should take on wiki and
> email admin privileges
> (that would mean adding you and Tom perhaps :-)  )
> Dan, would this be possible? (please respond within 24 hours!)
>  if anyone else has other suggestions please share them, otherwise we
> can add something along the lines above
> I ll be going back home this weekend, and will be ready to post my
> notes on Monday, after the above points have been addressed and
> resolved hopefully
> with a simple entry on the respective resources
> cheers
> On 11/17/07, Axel Polleres <axel.polleres at deri.org> wrote:
>> Paola, all,
>> I do not think that there are any special IP issues attached to our
>> mailinglist. It is anybody's own responsibility what and how to
>> contribute it in the expertfinder forum. As long as wo don't have a
>> formal organisation or body attached to this activity, I consider this
>> pure exchange of research thoughts and results where collaborations and
>> activities arise by will to do so.
>> Whenever we publish anything jointly, we can agree on doing so under an
>> appropriate licensing model such as
>> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy-20030520.html#def-RF
>> (e.g. if we want to submit any results to W3C we anyway would need to do
>> so.).
>> At the moment, I consider this sufficient, although it might make sense
>> use some "light-weight" model such as creative commons license for a
>> website, which e.g. SIOC did, see http://rdfs.org/sioc/spec/
>> best,
>> Axel
>> paola.dimaio at gmail.com wrote:
>>> HI Dan
>>> we missed you in Busan
>>> a lot of FOAF talk, (good and bad) and it would have been nice to chat
>>> now I think we could have pinged you online -
>>> anyway, could you please make the IP policy explicit for our group?
>>> (see message below)
>>> I get worried that any research programme may make ownership claims in
>>> the future (profiteering and IP claims are on trhe increase for
>>> knowledge developed collectively) unless we make a clear statement
>>> 'royalty free' is not a meaningful nor complete enough statement in
>>> terms of making explicit contributors' rights and lefts
>>> we talked to a dozen people working on expertfinder things and we ll
>>> work on  brigning them all together on the list
>>> An explicit IP policy will help us ensure that we are workign for the
>>> common interest
>>> summary will follow shortly
>>> cheers
>>> PDM
>>> On 11/17/07, Axel Polleres <axel.polleres at deri.org> wrote:
>>>>> Friends and colleagues
>>>>> great meeting you in Korea
>>>>> As promised, I am in the process of compiling some notes and lists to
>>>>> invite those who have expressed interest so far to further the
>>>>> discussion on expertfinder and usability, on the respective existing
>>>>> lists and wikis
>>>> please do so, thanks.
>>>>> I am not familiar with the origin and identity of the administrators
>>>>> of these resources, and intellectual property (IP) status of what is
>>>>> shared (I havent checked)
>>>> Dan is administrating the mailinglist. I understood all IP on the
>>>> current wiki content royalty-free so far.
>>>>> I would like to make it explicit, as part of my notes, that any person
>>>>> names, email addresses and content generated on the list will remain
>>>>> copyright of the respective owners, shared in the public domain for
>>>>> research and educational purposes - or whatever the case may be
>>>> sure.
>>>>> Please let me have any pointers that I can refer to
>>>> the wiki page is the place to collect these.
>>>> best,
>>>> axel
>>>>> also I dont seem to have Harold's email address, if someone could send it
>>>>> thanks
>>>>> Paola Di Maio
>>>>> School of IT
>>>>> www.mfu.ac.th
>>>>> *********************************************
>>>> --
>>>> Dr. Axel Polleres
>>>> email: axel at polleres.net  url: http://www.polleres.net/
>> --
>> Dr. Axel Polleres
>> email: axel at polleres.net  url: http://www.polleres.net/

Dr. Axel Polleres
email: axel at polleres.net  url: http://www.polleres.net/

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