Re: Vendor "participation"

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jul 08 2005 - 08:03:27 CDT

I absolutely agree with David's position. He has stated the basic principle well. I also believe that a cooperating vendor should be able to make money by selling Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products that integrate with other parts of a total voting solution. That is, only those parts of a voting system specifically designed for voting always need to be open.
 
Paper for ballots and even generic computers running pre-loaded Linux could be sold at a profit by a cooperating vendor, for example. But, if something were designed with voting in mind, it must be open and its design and test and administration must also be open, in my opinion. Otherwise, any vendor may play and any vendor may put any voting software (or any hardware design) of their own into the public sector by releasing it as open source.
 
By the way, software could be completely disclosed to the public (published) and still have copyright protection. It is only the secret part of voting system IP that is completely unacceptable. Of course, an OpenSource development process has its own advantages.
 
-- Dick

"David Webber (XML)" <david@drrw.info> wrote:
Arthur,

My take on this is that I want an open marketplace.

So in the context of OASIS EML and OVC - I want
to see an "anyone can play" environment driven
by public open source and open specifications.

This enables vendors to integrate public open source
libraries developed as part of OVC / EML / other
efforts and create solutions that should be
compatible.

It specifically precludes vendors who want to own
the marketplace and force people to license some
technology they claim exclusive IPR over.

So I'm very happy to see vendors joining who
want to work in a spirit of open collaboration so
everyone wins and collectively we develop
better solutions that are contributed to the better
good. Their business model should be built
around providing services and value, not on
ownership and restrictive licensing.

DW

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