Moving towards open standards

Fitzgerald, Anne M. & Pappalardo, Kylie M. (2009) Moving towards open standards. SCRIPTed, 6(2), pp. 467-483.

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Standards are designed to promote the interoperability of products and systems by enabling different parties to develop technologies that can be used together. There is an increasing expectation in many technical communities, including open source communities, that standards will be ‘open’. However, standards are subject to legal rights which impact upon, not only their development, but also their implementation. Of central importance are intellectual property rights: technical standards may incorporate patented technologies, while the specification documents of standards are protected by copyright. This article provides an overview of the processes by which standards are developed and considers the concept of ‘interoperability’, the meaning of the term ‘open standard’ and how open standards contribute to interoperability. It explains how intellectual property rights operate in relation to standards and how they can be managed to create standards that are open, not only during their development, but also in implementation.

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ID Code: 30118
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: open standards, copyright , interoperability, technology , intellectual property
DOI: 10.2966/scrip.060209.467
ISSN: 1744-2567
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Professor Anne Fitzgerald and Kylie Pappalardo
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© Anne Fitzgerald and Kylie Pappalardo 2009.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.5 Licence.

Deposited On: 31 Jan 2010 23:10
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2014 05:11

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