"The XNS Public Trust Organization is an independent non-profit organization
chartered to represent all members of the XNS community. "
"Want to know where XNS fits in the big picture of naming, privacy,
transport, synchronization technologies, and more? Our new Defining and
Comparing <http://www.xns.org/xns/whitepapers/compare/> XNS white paper
defines the five core components of XNS and compares XNS with 92 other
products, services, and standards in 7 categories and 30 subcategories"
You gotta read this page:
In which they grant a license to use their three patents freely, except for
something called "RESERVED TECHNOLOGY AREA." which is defined as follows:
"RESERVED TECHNOLOGY AREA or AREAS means any application of ONENAME'S
technology or INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS not licensed hereunder as the
CORE TECHNOLOGY AREA. Without limitation, RESERVED TECHNOLOGY AREA includes
Directory Service Objects described in column 102, line 27 to column 105,
line 51 of the '325 Patent; Payment Service Objects described U.S. Patent
No. 5,862,325 (the "'325 Patent") in column 119, line 13 to column 123, line
15 of the '325 Patent; Feedback Service Objects described in column 124,
line 21 to column 128, line 30 of the '325 Patent; and Schedule Control
described in column 136, line 28 to column 141, line 46 of the '325 Patent;
and any service, method or system which does not rely upon and use the XNS
PROTOCOL. Reference to the '325 Patent for its disclosure is exemplary, and
applies also to the other patents within ONENAME'S PATENT RIGHTS. "
Somebody's got a patent on Extensible Name Service. I wonder how this is
gonna fly in light of Corba, Jini, and the many naming directory schemes we
all have been using.
At http://www.xns.org/xns/ <http://www.xns.org/xns/ >
"XNS is a lot to wrap your head around. It's not just a technology; it's
also the legal infrastructure for a global trust community. It's not just a
naming and addressing service; it's a privacy infrastructure. It's not just
an XML vocabulary; it's an architecture for building automatically
interoperable XML vocabularies. The resources in this section will help you
"unpeel the onion." Please let us know <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> how
helpful they are and what else XNSORG can do to make XNS more accessible."
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