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Re: Non-free IETF RFC/I-Ds in,source packages

Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

> Brian May <brian@microcomaustralia.com.au> writes:
>> No responses? No one cares enough to comment? Lets see if a change in
>> subject helps.
>> Do the files created from the RFCs also have the same restrictive license
>> as the RFCs themselves?
> The text of the RFCs is copyrighted.  The mapping tables in the RFCs
> cannot be under US copyright law, and I believe copyright law in other
> countries is similar.  I'm guessing (I haven't looked closely) that what's
> happening here is that the build process is generating code from the
> tables in the RFC appendices.
> It should be fine if you strip the text of the RFC out in the Debian
> upstream source tarball and include only the tables that are used in the
> code generation process.  You can probably steal code from the Heimdal
> code generation process itself to do that automatically, and then run that
> script on new upstream tarballs to generate the Debian *.orig.tar.gz.

What you describe is roughly what my Libidn does, which also generates
code from the data tables in RFC 3454.  See the copyright related
discussion in the file itself:


It contains some e-mail discussions with licensing@fsf.org.


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