[rfc-i] Knowing which IPR applies to an RFC

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Wed Oct 2 10:23:04 PDT 2013


On Oct 2, 2013, at 9:49 AM, rfc-editor at rfc-editor.org wrote:

> - Added link to IPR disclosures (if any), as held in the IETF Datatracker.

The phrase "Find IPR Disclosures (if any)" indicates that by following the link, you can find any IPR disclosure related to an RFC. Of course, that's completely wrong. It only lets you find which IPR disclosures have been filed with the IETF, following the IETF's IPR disclosure rules. Many companies that think they own IPR make disclosures in other places, and maybe do not use the IETF's IPR filing mechanism for good reason.

This change seems to blur the line between the RFC Editor and the IETF. That might be intentional, of course. If it is not, a better phrasing for the link might be "IPR Disclosures from the IETF" or the like.

Regardless, it is important that the RFC Editor not imply that following a link will find all IPR disclosures relevant to an RFC. Making such an implication could cause liability that is not balanced against the utility.

--Paul Hoffman


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