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

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Tue Oct 8 14:44:22 PDT 2013

On 10/2/13 10:23 AM, Paul Hoffman wrote:
> 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

Hello Paul,

The point was well taken and we have made the appropriate change on the
info pages.  I think the language could still use some tweaking, but
this improves what we had and still meets the issue brought up to my
attention by the IESG.

-Heather Flanagan, RSE

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