Advice to the Trustees of the IETF Trust on Rights to Be Granted in IETF Documents
RFC 5377

 
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Network Working Group                                    J. Halpern, Ed.
Request for Comments: 5377                                          Self
Category: Informational                                    November 2008

                Advice to the Trustees of the IETF Trust
               on Rights to Be Granted in IETF Documents

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2008 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the
   document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal
   Provisions Relating to IETF Documents
   (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of
   publication of this document.  Please review these documents
   carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect
   to this document.

Abstract

   Contributors grant intellectual property rights to the IETF.  The
   IETF Trust holds and manages those rights on behalf of the IETF.  The
   Trustees of the IETF Trust are responsible for that management.  This
   management includes granting the licenses to copy, implement, and
   otherwise use IETF Contributions, among them Internet-Drafts and
   RFCs.  The Trustees of the IETF Trust accepts direction from the IETF
   regarding the rights to be granted.  This document describes the
   desires of the IETF regarding outbound rights to be granted in IETF
   Contributions.

Halpern                      Informational                      [Page 1]
RFC 5377                 Outbound Rights Advice            November 2008

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
   2.  Purpose in Granting Rights  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
   3.  Powers and Authority  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   4.  Recommended Grants of Right to Copy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     4.1.  Rights Granted for Reproduction of RFCs . . . . . . . . . . 5
     4.2.  Rights Granted for Quoting from IETF Contributions  . . . . 5
     4.3.  Rights Granted for Implementing Based on IETF
           Contributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     4.4.  Rights Granted for Use of Text from IETF Contributions  . . 6
     4.5.  Additional Licenses for IETF Contributions  . . . . . . . . 6
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1.  Introduction

   Under the current operational and administrative structures, IETF
   intellectual property rights are vested in the IETF Trust
   administered by a board of trustees made up of the members of the
   IAOC [RFC4371].  This includes the right to make use of IETF
   Contributions, as granted by Contributors under the rules laid out in
   [RFC5378].  The Trustees of the IETF Trust are therefore responsible
   for defining the rights to copy granted by the IETF to people who
   wish to make use of the material in these documents.

   For consistency and clarity, this document uses the same terminology
   laid out in [RFC5378] and uses the same meanings as defined in that
   document.

   The IETF Trust, by way of its Trustees, has indicated, as is
   consistent with the IETF structure, that it will respect the wishes
   of the IETF in regard to what these granted rights ought to be.  It
   is therefore the IETF's responsibility to articulate those wishes.
   This document represents the wishes of the IETF regarding the rights
   granted to all users in regard to IETF Contributions, until it is
   superseded.

2.  Purpose in Granting Rights

   In providing a description of the wishes of the IETF with regard to
   rights granted in RFCs, it is helpful to keep in mind the purpose of
   granting such rights.

Halpern                      Informational                      [Page 2]
RFC 5377                 Outbound Rights Advice            November 2008

   The mission of the IETF is to produce documents that make the
   Internet work better (see [RFC3935] for more details).  These
   documents, when completed, are published as RFCs.

   An important subclass of RFCs is standards describing protocols; for
   these, the primary value to the Internet is the ability of
   implementors to build solutions (products, software, etc.) that
   interoperate using these standards.  Hence, the IETF has a strong
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