Is standardization deemed to be against FS and how can it be tackled?

Nico Rikken nico.rikken at
Tue Jun 16 22:09:40 UTC 2015

Dear Tom,

On di, 2015-06-16 at 23:12 +0200, Tom Blecher wrote:

> But wait: it is surely € per user

The terms and conditions mention:

"The Standards Flat Rate service is only open to companies and
tradespeople. Reproduction and resale of documents obtained in the
Standards Flat Rate service is prohibited."[1]

So if organized efficiently all ten developers can be part of the same
flat rate.


In addition I would assume the standards documents can be kept and used
afterwards, allowing say a year to be skipped if no relevant changes

To further reduce the cost I guess it would even be possible to create a
summary of the standard, although it is hard to include all the details
without infringing on copyright.

And of course this does nothing for the patent licenses.

> Es I remember that a typical university pays fees about 100.000€ for all of their annual users. Nothing which turns to be their property (effectively at least, if this does matter for some), we are just dealing with temporarily reading rights - and only if you do not use it commercially.

That's why my university has stopped offering bulk access to standards
for both students and employees. If required single standards are

> Have we any solution for that? Are there careers depending on the public opinion (specs fee is least_ problem) officially tought up to now? Which careers? Who designed them, what fore?
> That might be key questions.

In a way the better strategy could be to develop competing, more liberal
standards. Although that would again require some level of cooperation
of established entities.

Kind regards,
Nico Rikken
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