Re: Source licensing

From: Steve Chessin <steve_dot_chessin_at_sun_dot_com>
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 01:57:15 CDT

>Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 16:45:27 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Karl Auerbach <karl@cavebear.com>
>Subject: Re: [voting-project] Source licensing

>A lot of universities, public and private, retain intellectual property
>rights and license them to generate fee income.
>
>In any event, I don't think anyone is advocating a retreat from GPL like
>copyright/license terms.
>
>However, there is a distinct issue regarding licensing by the OVC (for
>money) of service marks associated with the software.
>
>Because this is voting software and because image and perception are
>incredibly important, no matter the license, we may very well want to put
>the project under ISO 9000x type processes. I know that much of this is
>paperwork - form over substance - but this kind of thing can help overcome
>a lot of perceptual objections.
>
>We need to define coding rules, tests and regression tests, documentation
>standards, and other such processes. To my mind the testing/QA part of
>this project is substantially larger than the basic coding effort.

I'm reminded of what the Department of Defense did with Ada(TM). They
trademarked it, and if you wanted to license the trademark so you could
sell your "Ada Compiler" you had to pass their certification tests.

The OVC could do something similar. Trademark "Open Voting System",
develop certification tests, and only license the trademark to vendors
that comply.

--Steve
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