Brian E Carpenter <brian(_dot_)e(_dot_)carpenter(_at_)gmail(_dot_)com> writes:
On 2009-01-23 10:30, Theodore Tso wrote:
Ultimately, I suspect the list of contributors is a good and polite
thing to do out of courtesy, but it's not all that useful from an IPR
point of view. Even if there was code that you wanted to use from a
pre-RFC5378 text, you wouldn't need or want to contact *all* the
contributors; you would want to know who contributed the portion of
the RFC containing the code that you wanted to use in an
implementation (either proprietary or open source).
To be clear about the case of code: the right to use code was already
granted under the old rules; it's the right to use non-code text in
non-IETF derivative works that is made possible by the new rules.
RFC3978 and RFC3667 include:
"(E) to extract, copy, publish, display, distribute, modify and
incorporate into other works, for any purpose (and not limited
to use within the IETF Standards Process) any executable code
or code fragments that are included in any IETF Document..."
Those right are not granted to "third parties", only to the ISOC/IETF.
The section before the paragraph you quote from RFC 3978 begins with:
a. To the extent that a Contribution or any portion thereof is
protected by copyright and other rights of authorship, the
Contributor, and each named co-Contributor, and the organization
he or she represents or is sponsored by (if any) grant a
perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, world-wide
right and license to the ISOC and the IETF under all intellectual
property rights in the Contribution:
So I disagree that the right to use code was already granted under RFC
3978. In fact, I believe this was one of the main flaws with RFC 3978.
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