IETF Trust Proposed Policy on Rights in IANA Parameter Registry Data
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Network Working Group                                 J. M. Halpern, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                  Ericsson
Intended status: Informational                           G. D. Deen, Ed.
Expires: 20 March 2021                              Comcast-NBCUniversal
                                                       16 September 2020

  IETF Trust Proposed Policy on Rights in IANA Parameter Registry Data
                   draft-halpern-trust-ianapolicy-00

Abstract

   The document is to inform the IETF community of a proposed
   clarification to the Public Domain status of the IANA Protocol
   Registries by the IETF Trust..  This document has been developed to
   explain the proposal and to solicit community discussion and feedback
   on this proposal.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Historic Intent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Proposed Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  Policy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Discussion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.1.  Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.2.  issues  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.3.  Constraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   8.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   9.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7

1.  Introduction

   The IETF Trust is charged with managing the intellectual property
   assets of the IETF and the IANA.  Some users of the IANA Protocol
   Registry have enquired about what copyright terms are granted by the
   IETF Trust to consumers of the IANA protocol parameter data.

   This draft describes a proposed clarification on that policy, and
   then presents the motivation and explanation behind it for context.
   This is intended to inform the IETF and IANA community, to enable
   community discussion of the proposal, and to solicit feedback on the
   proposed clarification.

2.  Historic Intent

   It is the collective understanding of the IETF Trustees that the
   intent has always been that the IANA Protocol Registry parameters
   should be in the Public Domain for free use without any restrictions.
   This is as it has been managed, however , we could not find anywhere
   those intentions were documented in either policy form or in a
   declaration attached to the IANA Protocol Registry lists.

   The IETF Trustees believe the reason that a formal policy or
   declaration was not documented is that in US law, under which both
   the IETF Trust and the IANA Protocol Registry operate, lists of data
   such as in the IANA Protocol Registry are not copyrightable.  Since
   they are exempt from copyright, there is therefore no copyright
   notice that is associated with the list of data for the IANA Protocol
   Registry.

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