[rfc-i] draft-rfc-editor-rfc2223bis-08.txt

Bob Braden braden at ISI.EDU
Tue Jan 25 14:59:43 PST 2005


  *> 
  *> Page 33 (near the bottom) gives a version of the full copyright
  *> text which contains " and at www.rfc-editor.org" to be used for
  *> individual submissions -- that added text being the sole difference
  *> from the usual full copyright boilerplate.
  *> 
  *> Henrik Levkowetz' idnits program does not recognize that variant
  *> of the copyright text, and apparently the IETF Secretariat is
  *> rejecting (individual submission) drafts with the recommended
  *> version.
  *> 
  *> Has the RFC Editor coordinated with the IETF Secretariat and
  *> with Henrik regarding the copyright boilerplate?

This variant was necessary to make things right, and it has been
coordinated with the power structure of the IETF.  The revised BCP 79
that will be published soon will include it.  At that time, hopefully
Henrik will make the necessary change to his check.

The relationship between boilerplate that the IETF requrires on
Internet Drafts (and which is presumably what Henrik should be
checking) and the boilerplate that is required on RFCs is confusing,
frankly.  It would not be surprising that there is confusion.  But
presumably this confusion is created to make more work for lawyers.

There are definite limits to the usefulness of fully automatic
checks, given the complexity of the real world.  Sometimes I suspect
that limit is being exceeded.

Bob Braden


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