Governing RFCs


The RFC Editor function is currently defined and governed by the following RFCs:

  • RFC 2026: Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3", BCP 9, RFC 2026, October 1996.
  • RFC 4844: Daigle, L. and Internet Architecture Board, "The RFC Series and RFC Editor", RFC 4844, July 2007.
  • RFC 4846: Klensin, J. and D. Thaler, "Independent Submissions to the RFC Editor", RFC 4846, July 2007.
  • RFC 6410: Housley, R., Crocker, D., and E. Burger, "Reducing the Standards Track to Two Maturity Levels", BCP 9, RFC 6410, October 2011.
  • RFC 6548: Brownlee, N., Ed., and IAB, "Independent Submission Editor Model", RFC 6548, June 2012.
  • RFC 6635: Kolkman, O., Ed., Halpern, J., Ed., and IAB, "RFC Editor Model (Version 2)", RFC 6635, June 2012.

The following RFCs define particular RFC contents:

The following RFCs govern intellectual property issues related to RFCs:

  • RFC 3978: Bradner, S., "IETF Rights in Contributions", BCP 78, RFC 3978, March 2005. RFC3979
  • RFC 3979: Bradner, S., "Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology", BCP 79, RFC 3979, March 2005.
  • RFC 4748: Bradner, S., "RFC 3978 Update to Recognize the IETF Trust", BCP 78, RFC 4748, October 2006.
  • RFC 5378: Bradner, S., Ed., and J. Contreras, Ed., "Rights Contributors Provide to the IETF Trust", BCP 78, RFC 5378, November 2008.
  • RFC 5743: Falk, A., "Definition of an Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Document Stream", RFC 5743, December 2009.
  • RFC 5744: Braden, R. and J. Halpern, "Procedures for Rights Handling in the RFC Independent Submission Stream", RFC 5744, December 2009.
  • RFC 5745: Malis, A., Ed., and IAB, "Procedures for Rights Handling in the RFC IAB Stream", RFC 5745, December 2009.

The following RFCs govern RFC Editor actions with respect to particular IANA registrations:

  • RFC 3406: Daigle, L., van Gulik, D., Iannella, R., and P. Faltstrom, "Uniform Resource Names (URN) Namespace Definition Mechanisms", BCP 66, RFC 3406, October 2002.
  • RFC 6838: Freed, N., Klensin, J., and T. Hansen, "Media Type Specifications and Registration Procedures", BCP 13, RFC 6838, January 2013.
  • RFC 4289: Freed, N. and J. Klensin, "Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part Four: Registration Procedures", RFC 4289, December 2005.
  • RFC 4395: T. Hansen, T. Hardie, L. Masinter, "Guidelines and Registration Procedures for New URI Schemes", RFC 4395, BCP 115, February 2006.


This page was last updated on 14 February 2013