Open Source and Standardisation

If you are an owner of an open source technology or use it to develop applications that are part of an international standard, you may be interested in a growing debate around a recent EU communication - ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market published this week. Uninspiring the title may be, but the paper is worth a read.

The thrust of the early discussion is around FRAND. Never heard of it? The acronym stands for Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (or RAND in the US). It is the basis upon which the owner of an intellectual property right might license that IP to provide a service or product that is covered by an agreed standard. As a large part of the media and broadcast technology sector is underpinned by standards that are honed and agreed by industry stakeholders, often over many years, it is worth understanding what is planned.