[security-area] Are we all lawless?
Andrew.Martin at comlab.ox.ac.uk
Wed Dec 8 17:45:01 CST 2004
Doug Olson wrote:
> Hi Olle,
> First, I am not a lawyer, so ...
> Even so, in the VO's that I am familiar with, largish physics experiments,
> the VO is formed by agreements between the institutions that employ the
> people who decide to be part of the VO.
That seems to be the way with most VOs I've heard of - a far cry from
the dynamic on-the-fly set-up many people are talking about and building
software to support.
> The institutions are legal
> but the agreements that form the VO are not necesarily legally binding and
> the VO itself has no legal status, it is not something which can be sued,
> files no tax returns, etc.
Where there is commercial value - or legal issues over privacy, say -
the agreements do have to be stronger, with lawyers and redress, and so
on. When such a VO becomes very real joint venture, I don't know -
better ask a lawyer.
Making a grid set-up where you can negotiate such things in software and
have them adequately legally binding ... seems some way off.
> My 2c.
I'm down under right now, so that had better be my AU$0.02. But here
there are no 2c coins, so they'd round it down to zero.
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