Re: More on democracy and transparency

From: Skip Montanaro <skip_at_pobox_dot_com>
Date: Sat Aug 16 2003 - 17:36:48 CDT

    Alan> The demo has no commercialization potential.

Alan,

I'm sorry, I don't see how you can say that with any confidence at this
point. You have an October timeframe for the EVM demo. Can you say with
100% confidence that nothing in UCVS will reuse any of the requirements,
design or code used to develop the demo? All of that is at least
copyrightable. Letting UC have the patent/copyright rights to the demo
seems very short-sighted. It's quite likely they'll just relicense the
rights to another Diebold equivalent. Then where will this all be?

You clearly have a lot invested in this project at this point, financially,
professionally and emotionally. Unless you did all the work up to this
point for the University of California (in which case they already have a
strong claim to it), I can't see they've done anything to deserve to own it.
Maybe it's just because I don't know the history.

Has anyone patented the idea of an electronic voting system with a paper
trail used to audit the results? If not, maybe now would be a good time to
file the application. That should be worth a lot more than you have
invested in the project so far.

Skip
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