% You mention a potential chilling effect an authors if the IETF
% maintained an archive of past drafts, but the text in RFC 2026 is pretty
% clear. Check the paragraph #1 in section 10.3.1. It says "the
% contributor ... grant an unlimited perpetual, non-exclusive,
% royalty-free, world-wide right and license to the ISOC and the IETF
% under any copyrights in the contribution." Note the words "unlimited
% perpetual" -- definitely not "limited to 6 months".
% -- Christian Huitema
me not being Joe.
reconciling RFC 2026 language with the then current
boilerplate #3 leads to a conundrum. Remember that the
ID series and by extention the RFC series was designed
to accomodate ideas and information that did not originate
in the context of the IETF and for which the IETF did not
expect to have any sort of change control or (by extention)
any rights to said ideas. (objecting yet again to bits of
RFC 2026... beating a dead horse)
that said, the language of RFC 2026 was -never- clearly
indicated to potential authors of IDs. the potential authors
were presented w/ three choices, one of which directly
limited ISOC and the IETF to publication as a ID, with the
implication that this was only valid for six months.
reminds me of the urban development plans in the basement,
w/o stairs, in a locked cabinet with the warning "beware lepard".
that particular era seems fraught w/ conflicting directions
and it would seem to be prudent to recognise the vagrities
of conflicting instructions then, and focus on more productive
shorter term objectives now.
Opinions expressed may not even be mine by the time you read them, and
certainly don't reflect those of any other entity (legal or otherwise).
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