On Monday 22 October 2007 16:27, John C Klensin wrote:
I also note that we can easily get onto a slippery slope here.
Many companies view the GPL to be an encumbrance no less severe
than the patent policies of other companies. Perhaps it is even
more severe because encumbrances associated with patents that
can be made to go away by the payment of money are less
complicated to deal with (if one is willing to spent the money)
than encumbrances under the GPS, which just don't go away.
Would you recommend that IETF not permit any materials that
might be encumbered under the GPL, etc.?
That sounds reasonable to me. To promote global interoperability, standards
need to be implementable throughout the internet ecosystem, both Free and
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