A plan to help TC39 become more open up to community contributions and participations

Salvador de la Puente González salva at unoyunodiez.com
Tue Jun 21 19:32:24 UTC 2016

Thank you very much for this complete response.

On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 5:41 PM, Allen Wirfs-Brock <allen at wirfs-brock.com>

> On Jun 6, 2016, at 3:21 AM, Salvador de la Puente González <
> salva at unoyunodiez.com> wrote:
> Excuse my ignorance, but why do we need the legal organization, why to not
> simply do the GiHub part?
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standards_organization may provide some
> useful background.
> Ecma international is a recognized SSO and as such it has policies and
> rules it operates under (
> http://www.ecma-international.org/memento/policies.htm). Most relevant
> are the Ecma membership categories
> http://www.ecma-international.org/memento/members.htm and the
> Intellectual Property policies (
> http://www.ecma-international.org/memento/Ecma%20IPR%20policies.htm).
> As it currently stands Ecma does not have a membership category for
> individuals. Instead, only organizations can be members. It’s possible that
> this could be changed in the future, but it might take a long time to do
> so. So, an alternative approach may be to have an separate organization
> that can be a Ecma member and that individuals can join.
> For some background on why IP issues (particularly patents) are of concern
> to SSOs see http://www.wipo.int/patent-law/en/developments/standards.html
>  and
> http://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/intellectual-property/patents/standards/index_en.htm
>  .
> Finally, note that working through a recognized SSO helps companies avoid
> antitrust issues that might arise when developing standards:
> https://www.venable.com/legal-issues-affecting-standard-setting--antitrust-and-intellectual-property-04-01-2004/
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