Re: [OVC-discuss] Document on Holt bill (was Re: I need your help today-- oppose Holt bill as introduced)

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jun 26 2009 - 13:24:21 CDT

> On Fri, 26 Jun 2009, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> Mostly, it will be the Holt bill with a bunch of stuff deleted. However,
>> there will also be some changes. For example, the bill says $5 million
>> for R&D on accessible technology. This technology will become "non
>> proprietary" for use by anyone including vendors. We want to specify
>> that the licensing will be GPL, not BSD-style. So, vendors can use it
>> but, it they do, the resulting product must also be open. As it stands,
>> they could incorporate it into their proprietary product.
> That's an easy way to guarantee it won't get included, and to continue to
> allow the antibodies to paint the open source community as IP extremists.
Well, now, that's interesting, Brian. I will give that some thought. I
wonder what others think of that.

On the one hand, I'd like to see the funding for non proprietary
accessibility technology included. In fact, this part of the bill says
almost exactly what I asked Rush Holt to include when he called me on the
phone last year.

On the other hand, I'm skeptical about the funding doing any good. OVC
would probably not get any of the money. And unless the work is really good
and fits with our system, it may not be useful to us. So, I wouldn't
necessarily consider it a great loss if it were taken out.

Since ES&S has the closest thing to the "no touch" feature for disabled
access, this may wind up being, in effect, a $5 million grant to the benefit
of ES&S to improve the AutoMARK with AutoCAST feature. We may want to
rename the Holt bill (as introduced) to the "ES&S bill," since it calls for
the AutoMARK with AutoCAST feature and gives ES&S $5 million to improve the

In my view, this thing I asked for has really turned against us. I think we
have to ask for GPL'd technology. Failing that, remove it from the bill.

Alan D.

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