Simon Josefsson wrote:
Generally, however, I think this question is very different from where
this thread started. It started, as far as I consider, with Stephan
suggesting that free software authors publish "free" (as in licensed
under a free software license) standards in the IETF. That is not
possible, and is unrelated to the question we discuss here.
BTW, why cannot a free software author license some particular
standards text under both RFC 5378 terms, and some other license
(a free software license, or even GPL)?
Presumably, he/she owns the copyright, and 5378 terms are
non-exclusive. Obviously, for collaborative efforts this may require
that all copyright holders agree, and that may make this unpractical.
But I wonder if there was some other reason?
No, that approach works fine as far as I can see. It has been used for
some documents, and parts of some documents, already.
That doesn't make the standard published by the IETF "free" as in free
software licensed though. I admit this is a subtle distinction, and
given the discussion, I must have explained this poorly.
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