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Re: [802SEC] IEEE SA position on unofficial 802 related activities

Paul -

Do we have a statement anywhere of what the indemnification policy actually is?


At 15:02 21/10/2005, Paul Nikolich wrote:
>Dear EC Members,
>As the Chair of 802 I have observed that it is not unusual for a group of 
>individuals to collaborate in consensus building activities outside of the 
>umbrella of the formal 802 process during the life of a standards 
>development project.  This unofficial 802 related activity can be 
>beneficial to the formal standards development process because under the 
>right conditions it may help build consensus across the 802 
>membership.  The purpose of this email is to make sure that all 
>individuals working in groups outside the 802 process clearly understand 
>that although they may be working on subject material relevant to an 802 
>project they are not covered by IEEE indemnification policy while 
>participating in the unofficial 802 related activities.
>For example, it has come to my attention that the IEEE 802.11 Task Group N 
>(TGn) considered a motion at the July plenary session to grant TGn Sync, 
>WWiSE and Mitmot time to complete a merged Joint Proposal to replace the 
>three remaining TGn proposals.  The Joint Proposal activity is not 
>governed by the 802 process.  Regardless, as documented in the July 2005 
>TGn minutes, the group voted overwhelmingly to allow the extra time 
>requested by the three proponents to formulate a Joint Proposal as the 
>motion was approved on a vote of 195-2-3.  (This motion and result was in 
>accordance with the TGn selection procedures, which required approval of 
>75% of the TGn members voting on the motion.)
>As can be seen in this particular case the activity to develop a Joint 
>Proposal is not itself an activity of IEEE 802, hence like other 
>activities outside IEEE 802 process, this activity does not meet the 
>eligibility criteria for the IEEE indemnification policy.
>I ask that each EC member that is chair of a TAG or WG circulate this 
>email to their entire group prior to the November plenary session so that 
>all our members better understand the limits of indeminfication provided 
>by IEEE.
>--Paul Nikolich
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