Re: [antitrust-policy] Who enforces an Antitrust Policy for the IETF

"John R Levine" <johnl@taugh.com> Mon, 16 January 2012 01:08 UTC

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Temporarily skipping over the question of what practical problem this
is supposed to solve, I have some practical questions.

>If you observe behavior in violation of these guidelines at an IETF
>meeting, please do not be silent; formally object.

What does that mean?  I hear two guys in the next row talking about 
product pricing.  I say, hey, you can't talk about that. They laugh at me 
and continue.  Now what?

Or if this instruction or something like it goes into the Note Well,
it's making every IETF attendee responsible for the behavior of
everyone else.  If someone's hauled into court, they're going to say
well, gee, the IETF specifically tells people to police anti-trust
violations, nobody said anything to us about it, so the IETF agreed
with what we did.

I have trouble imagining a problem this mess is supposed to solve that
is anywhere near as ugly as the swamp it's leading into.

R's,
John