Rights Contributors Provide to the IETF Trust
RFC 5378

 
Document Type RFC - Best Current Practice (November 2008; No errata)
Obsoletes RFC 4748, RFC 3978
Updates RFC 2026
Also known as BCP 78
Last updated 2013-03-02
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Network Working Group                                    S. Bradner, Ed.
Request for Comments: 5378                            Harvard University
BCP: 78                                                J. Contreras, Ed.
Obsoletes: 3978, 4748                                         WilmerHale
Updates: 2026                                              November 2008
Category: Best Current Practice

             Rights Contributors Provide to the IETF Trust

Status of This Memo

   This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
   Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  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

   The IETF policies about rights in Contributions to the IETF are
   designed to ensure that such Contributions can be made available to
   the IETF and Internet communities while permitting the authors to
   retain as many rights as possible.  This memo details the IETF
   policies on rights in Contributions to the IETF.  It also describes
   the objectives that the policies are designed to meet.  This memo
   obsoletes RFCs 3978 and 4748 and, with BCP 79 and RFC 5377, replaces
   Section 10 of RFC 2026.

Bradner & Contreras      Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]
RFC 5378                   RFC 3978-incoming               November 2008

Table of Contents

   1. Definitions .....................................................3
   2. Introduction ....................................................5
      2.1. No Retroactive Effect ......................................5
   3. Exposition of Why These Procedures Are the Way They Are .........6
      3.1. Rights Granted in Contributions ............................6
      3.2. Rights to Use Contributions ................................6
      3.3. Right to Produce Derivative Works ..........................6
      3.4. Rights to Use Trademarks ...................................8
      3.5. Contributions Not Subject to Copyright .....................8
      3.6. Copyright in RFCs ..........................................9
   4. Non-IETF Documents ..............................................9
   5. Rights in Contributions .........................................9
      5.1. General Policy .............................................9
      5.2. Confidentiality Obligations ...............................10
      5.3. Rights Granted by Contributors to the IETF Trust ..........10
      5.4. Sublicenses by the IETF Trust .............................11
      5.5. No Patent License .........................................11
      5.6. Representations and Warranties ............................11
      5.7. No Duty to Publish ........................................12
      5.8. Trademarks ................................................12
      5.9. Copyright in RFCs .........................................12
      5.10. Contributors' Retention of Rights ........................12
   6. Legends, Notices and Other Standardized Text in IETF
      Documents ......................................................13
   7. Security Considerations ........................................13
   8. References .....................................................14
      8.1. Normative References ......................................14
      8.2. Informative References ....................................14
   9. Acknowledgments ................................................15
   10. Changes since RFC 3978 ........................................15
   11. Declaration from the IAB ......................................16

Bradner & Contreras      Best Current Practice                  [Page 2]
RFC 5378                   RFC 3978-incoming               November 2008

1.  Definitions

   The following definitions are for terms used in the context of this
   document.  Other terms, including "IESG", "ISOC", "IAB", and "RFC
   Editor" are defined in [RFC2028].

   a. "Contribution": any submission to the IETF intended by the
      Contributor for publication as all or part of an Internet-Draft or
      RFC (except for RFC Editor Contributions described in Section 4
      below) and any statement made within the context of an IETF
      activity.  Such statements include oral statements in IETF
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