[Consortium] Linuxaudio.org Management Board

Daniel James daniel at linuxaudio.org
Thu Feb 19 09:08:48 EST 2004

> if we cannot even agree to not sue each other, why to be
> part of a consortium anyway? :))

It's a fair point, but I think the problem with large companies is 
that one person often cannot speak for the whole company or group 
when they make such a promise (especially not for the legal 

Many IT companies are suing each other, on a regular basis - including 
former industry partners. Personally, I think that once matters are 
in the hands of lawyers, then lawyers will be the only party to 

In addition, these companies probably don't want to enter into an 
agreement which means that should there be a dispute, their hands 
would be tied. It could also be seen as a risk-free invitation to 
reverse engineering of proprietary software, which may not be legal 
in some countries of course.

I hope that we'll be able to work together on formats, so that reverse 
engineering will not be required. I'd like Dave Phillips, as chair of 
the linuxaudio.org Management Board, to find out if there is any 
consensus on the management mailing list for removing clause 6 of the 
policy document.

Daniel James

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