"Steven M. Bellovin" <smb(_at_)cs(_dot_)columbia(_dot_)edu> writes:
On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:38:44 +0100
Simon Josefsson <simon(_at_)josefsson(_dot_)org> wrote:
The discussion started by Stephan suggesting that free software
authors publish their work as free standards in the IETF. My point
was that since the IETF disallow publishing standards under a license
that is compatible with free software licensing (e.g., allows
modification), it is not possible for free software authors to do
this. Thus, to me, this discussion is not related to comments in
source code at all.
My understanding of IETF policy is that the IETF will publish I-Ds that
are in the public domain. Nothing is freer than that. You're
perfectly free to put your text in the public domain before submitting
it for publication as an RFC.
Sure, but I can also put the text under the Microsoft EULA before
submitting it for publication as an RFC. The IETF still requires some
assurances from me as contributor, and those assurances go beyond both
what the public domain and the Microsoft EULA implies.
A more interesting question is if you can submit somebody else's public
domain work to the IETF. I don't know the answer to that. It seems
clear that I can't take a work licensed under the Microsoft EULA and
submit it to the IETF though.
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