At the Euro SIW meeting of the FEDEP PDG, Dr Igarza and other members raised the question of whether the revised common process should be published as an IEEE family of Recommend Practice Guides or as a SISO family of Guidance products. As the SAC representative at the meeting I expressed a concern that since any common process and the associated VV&A overlay would be largely based on IEEE 1516.3 and IEEE 1516.4, such products would likely violate copyright protection unless they were developed within the IEEE and under IEEE approval. During the discussion, it was suggested that during the discussions with IEEE to make SISO a Standards Sponsor, that SISO retained the right to develop and publish derivative products. The SAC was asked to research this issue and determine if a common process document would qualify as a derivative document. Katherine has researched the issue and has provided the following:
I believe that Katherine has accurately interpreted and analyzed the situation. Therefore, we believe that the product of this group will have to remain an IEEE product.
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