Re: AB 2097 Fact Sheet, first cut

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Tue Feb 21 2006 - 21:20:03 CST
Chris Franklin wrote:
A couple of suggestions:

Change "vendors publicly to disclose" to "vendors to publicly disclose".
I really do dislike splitting infinitives, but since most others disagree, I suppose I should go along.
I would also change "all other proprietary rights to their" to "all
copyrights and licensing rights to their". The reason is that "proprietary"
can sometimes mean protected by secrecy, which is the one method of keeping
something proprietary that they will not be able to use.
Enumerating which rights the vendors retain is problematic. I think it's better simply to drop the word "proprietary", which, come to think of it, is redundant.
I might also add something like, "The copyrights and licensing protections
will be as strong as any fully published work, such as books, music, and
movies, in which all of the copyrighted work is fully disclosed."

I'll think about that.
(Ironically, if all of the voting software were disclosed from all of the
voting companies, the voting companies would be MORE protected than now,
because each one would be able to tell if another had secretly stolen their
Indeed. But vendors are unlikely to look at it that way. I don't think they're concerned about anyone stealing their code or even their trade secrets, such as they are (how hard is it to solicit and count votes?) They're concerned about effective scrutiny. And, given their systems' performance so far, their concern is warranted.

Thanks for the commentary; I had begun to think that this list had died without posting an obit. If you would, please review my revisions to OVC's bill. The original bill is here, and my revisions are attached.

			Hope this helps,

				- Chris 

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Alan Dechert wrote:
Bob Reid said "one page."  Might need to make it two.
Here is a more concise version (364 words v. 395) that should fit on a 
single page. It adds the text "or earlier" at the end of the first 
paragraph to correspond to the updated bill I posted earlier.

Is anyone here going to discuss the bill?


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