Clarification of Web Distribution of Standards (Draft or Approved)

John Lohmeyer John.Lohmeyer at
Sat Sep 6 20:18:09 PDT 1997

* From the T10 (formerly SCSI) Reflector (t10 at, posted by:
* John Lohmeyer <John.Lohmeyer at>

I have no problem with most of the copyright statement and realize it is
mostly what we place on our current documents.

What I object to is the passwords and limitations on web distribution to
committee members only.  This is clearly an attempt to increase revenue by
forcing people to join committees to obtain drafts (or to pay NCITS for
them).  All of the work to enforce this revenue-generating effort will fall
on me and the other people who voluntarily maintain web sites.  

Furthermore, these attempts to lock-up draft standards that volunteers
develop do not help the industry that pays the volunteer's salaries.

I think a much better solution to NCITS revenue problems would be to reduce
the expense of operating NCITS (possibly by moving it to a less expensive
location) and by increasing service fees.  NCITS fees are among the lowest
in the standards business.


At 12:54 PM 9/6/97 -0400, Peter Johansson wrote:
>In a message dated 97-09-06 05:59:18 EDT, John.Lohmeyer at Symbios.COM (John
>Lohmeyer) writes:
><<Permission is granted to members of NCITS, its technical committees, and
>their associated task groups to reproduce this document for the purposes of
>NCITS standardization activities without further permission, provided this
>notice is included.  All other rights are reserved. Any commercial or
>for-profit reproduction is strictly prohibited.>>
>John, I believe this language accurately describes the dissemination of the
>documents at present---without passwords. SBP-2 and most of the draft
>standards have carried this notice since the first day they saw print and I
>believe that it is adequate.
>When I have distributed copies of the draft standards to individuals it has
>been for the purpose of eliciting comment that would in turn advance work on
>the draft. If that is not within the domain of "standardization activities",
>what is?
>Peter Johansson
>Congruent Software, Inc.
>3998 Whittle Avenue
>Oakland, CA  94602
>(510) 531-5472
>(510) 531-2942 FAX
>pjohansson at
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