On 11-okt-04, at 1:26, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
However, this is not to say that having anyone who feels like it
modify RFCs and republish them is a good idea. Treating natural
language text as source code is a spectacularly bad idea. But then,
anyone who has ever tried submitting changes to the collected works
of Shakespeare already knew that.
Many people have taken the works of Shakespeare and modified them.
Several successful movies, musicals, etc. come to mind.
I'd be interested to see how many lines of West Side Story actually
match Romeo and Julia... Deriving something new from natural language
generally doesn't entail significant verbatim copying. Improving on
software on the other hand is much easier if existing code can be
(There are numerous other differences as well. For instance, while it's
common for software writers to write software they want to run
themselves, text writers generally don't write in order to be able to
read what they've written.)
What the free software community would like is a license that would
allow it to take the text an RFC and use that text for writing
software, other standards (or non-standards), etc. We don't have any
need --- or I hope want --- to mis-represent the modified versions as
standards of the IETF.
Have you tried asking RFC authors for the additional rights you require?
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