[rfc-i] Copyright and the Independent Stream

Joe Touch touch at ISI.EDU
Fri Sep 11 07:57:45 PDT 2009


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Brian E Carpenter wrote:
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>> Was there community consensus to shut down the stream for this? If so,
>> please send a pointer. If not, the same executive authority that shut it
>> down can put it back until **the community** indicates otherwise.
> 
> We are slightly at cross-purposes. The decision to hold up publication
> was taken, as I understand it, to avoid entering a legally undefined
> situation. There are indeed at least two ways out of that - deciding
> to revert to the older rules, or deciding to institute new rules.
> All I'm saying is that both of those would presumably require some
> degree of community consensus.

The lawyers made the decision without community consensus. The *lawyers*
are the ones who need to decide that they can live with the old rules
until the new ones are in place.

Community consensus won't overturn lawyers.

Joe
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