[cc-licenses] Subject Matter: Semiconductor Masks and Design Rights
cov at vt.edu
Thu Apr 12 19:24:00 EDT 2012
For whatever it's worth, I think semiconductor mask rights are so
similar to copyright that they should be given the same
treatment--licensed rather than waived. Design patents should probably
be treated similarly to traditional patents. I for one am in favor of an
explicit patent grant. I don't have much more than a piecemeal
understanding of all the issues and a gut feeling to motivate these
On Thu, 2012-04-12 at 10:15 -0700, Sarah Pearson wrote:
> Thanks very much for this concrete proposal, Christopher. We have
> added it to the 4.0 wiki.
> Defining the scope of the license is the most challenging aspect of
> the 4.0 drafting process. We continue to struggle with the tension
> between wanting the license to be as comprehensive as possible to give
> licensees all of the rights they need to truly exercise the rights
> granted, and on the other hand, preventing it from being so broad it
> includes rights that are not likely to be held by a single licensor.
> Note there is also a second question as to whether these rights beyond
> copyright should be licensed and subject to all of the license
> conditions, or whether they should simply be waived or not asserted by
> the licensor (and if so, which rights should fall into which
> category). The initial draft of 4.0 includes a waiver of "ancillary
> rights" to the extent possible and necessary for the licensee to
> exercise the rights granted under the license. We are very curious to
> hear thoughts on whether this dual approach is practical and useful.
> All of these issues are extremely important for receiving community
> feedback. Any input would be much appreciated.
> On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 3:59 AM, Christopher Covington <cov at vt.edu>
> With the expansion of rights licensed expanding to include
> rights, I'd like to propose also adding other sui generis
> specifically semiconductor mask rights and design rights.
> These were
> both recently added to a modified version of the Apache
> license to come
> up with the Solderpad Open License .
> 1. http://solderpad.org/licenses/SHL-0.51/
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