Have Your Say On Your Rights

Wilbert Kraan, CETIS, Jul 10, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've mentioned this here before, but today's CETIS coverage underscores the importance of this item. The IEEE-LTSC Digital Rights Expression Language subcommittee is collecting requirements. As the author correctly notes, the IEEE effort may itself be encumbered by rights - you can be sure people are submitting needs docuemnts that would effectively require that IEEE adopt a protected or encumbered expression language. various people on the DREL committee have been asked point blank to state their company's patents and encumberances with respect to digital rights expression languages, but so far, have refused to do so. This is not a good omen. And, in my view, the IEEE project is in serious danger of being compromised as a result.
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