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Re: Effort to change IETF's copying conditions for RFCs

Wesley J Landaker <wjl@icecavern.net> writes:
> On Thursday 06 October 2005 06:57, Simon Josefsson wrote:

>> I know the copying conditions of IETF RFC's has been a concern for
>> Debian in the past, and that the RFCs has been removed from the
>> official archive (?),

If they haven't been yet, they will have to be for etch, at least all of
the RFCs that are under the standard IETF IPR policy.  They don't allow
modification and redistribution of modified versions, and therefore do not
meet DFSG#3.

>> so I thought this would be of some interest to you.  I am trying to
>> influence the IETF to change the copying conditions on RFCs to make
>> them more free software friendly.

> This would be great to get this clarified, as I believe the RFCs were
> always intended to be available for unlimited distribution. I totally
> support lobbying to get the the IETF to make it clear. =)

Unlimited distribution isn't the problem.  Modification and redistribution
of modified versions is the problem, and that restriction was apparently
intentional.  So unfortunately, it's more than just a matter of getting
the IETF to be clearer.

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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