Intellectual Property Rights Policy

1. Introduction

The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium develops specifications itself and provides direction and influence in the calendaring and scheduling community by identifying and stating needs and requirements, developing proposals for future standards, and progressing that information into appropriate standards-setting organizations for development as standards. The Intellectual Property Rights Policy of the Consortium is intended to provide for Consortium activities.

It is the policy of The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium is that no confidential material is to be discussed at or during Consortium activities. All information provided or discussed in Consortium activities is presumed to be public information and member participants are reminded that they should not discuss or reveal any confidential information of their respective companies. While work in progress within the Consortium is not publicly available outside the Consortium, with minor exceptions completed work products of the Consortium are intended to be publicly and freely available and will be posted on the Consortium web site.

2. Relation to IETF Intellectual Property Rights Policy

As the base standards on which the Consortium is focused were developed by the IETF, the Consortium has adopted the IETF IPR Policy, specifically Section 10 of IETF RFC 2026, Internet Standards Process, as its own IPR Policy with the following exceptions:

  1. References in the above document to "IETF", "IESG", "ISOC", "the Internet Society", etc. are understood to mean "The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium" in the context of the Consortium and its activities.
  2. References to the "Executive Director" (of the IETF, etc.) are understood to mean the "Executive Director of The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium".
  3. References to the "IETF Secretariat" are understood to mean "the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium Corporate Office".
  4. If necessary, publication of statements or claims of intellectual property rights related to a specific contribution shall be made on the Consortium website.
  5. Copyright and licensing statements on documents and other material published by the Consortium may be found at Copyright and Licensing for Published Material.

3. Contributions

The term "contribution" refers to material provided by a member of the Consortium during any Consortium activity, and may also refer to to material provided by others on a Consortium external discussion list. Participants in Consortium activities, whether in person or via electronic means, must avoid contributions which contain confidential material. Contributions which contain intellectual property of an organization must be disclosed and are subject to the rules and guidance provided in the Consortium IPR Policy. Such contributions shall be avoided unless such material can be shown to be, in the judgment of the participants in the activity and the Steering Committee of the Consortium, essential to the work.

No material which is subject to any terms of confidentiality or restriction of dissemination on the part of its contributor or the contributor's organization can be accepted for such use. Individuals participating in the activities of the Consortium are responsible for determining that material which they contribute is made available by their organizations in accordance with this provision.

4. Copyright Provisions

If any part of a contribution is or may be subject to copyright, the contributor and his or her organization, and any other owners of any proprietary rights in the contribution, grant an unlimited perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, world-wide right and license to The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium under any copyrights in the contribution. This license includes the right to copy, publish and distribute the contribution in any way, and to prepare derivative works that are based on or incorporate all or part of the contribution, the license to such derivative works to be of the same scope as the license of the original contribution.