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Re: The RC2 debate

1997-04-23 11:03:19
The IETF does care:  they require that the owners of any licensed,
patented, or otherwise restrictively controlled technologies release
those technologies for use by the IETF.  

Nope.  IETF will *ask* them to agree to license it fairly, but *does
not* require them to do so.  A standards-track protocol can use
technology that is subject to IPR claims, even absent such a license,
if the concensus is to use that technology.

On the other hand, if the technology (for whatever reason) doesn't get
consensus of the community, it doesn't get used in a standards-track

See RFC 2026 for the definitive statements.


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