[rfc-i] Community Input on change to the Trust Legal Provisions to accommodate the inclusion of RFC Templates

Ray Pelletier rpelletier at isoc.org
Tue Jan 27 10:42:12 PST 2015



> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> Date: January 27, 2015 at 9:23:12 AM EST
> From: Tobias Gondrom <tobias.gondrom at gondrom.org>
> To: ietf at ietf.org, ietf-announce at ietf.org
> Subject: Community Input on change to the Trust Legal Provisions to accommodate the inclusion of RFC Templates
> Reply-To: ietf at ietf.org
> 
> Dear IETFers,
> 
> The IETF Trust has been requested by the IESG and RFC Editor to provide a license in cases
> where RFCs contain Templates. The Trustees propose modifying the Trust Legal Provisions
> (TLP) based upon a need to extract and fill in text from RFCs that contain Templates.  E.g.
> the Internet-Draft draft-ietf-sidr-cps-04 contains a Template for others to copy and modify.
> Under the normal TLP provisions this would be considered a derivative work and not permitted.
> 
> The current TLP is here: <http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info/IETF-TLP-4.pdf>.
> 
> The Trustees’ response is a proposed change to the TLP that addresses the issue for this and
> future RFCs.  The change enables specific text in an RFC that is designated as a Template to be
> subject to a new provision in the TLP that says that extraction and modification are authorized.
> 
> The Trustees are considering the following language changes to the TLP to permit the modification
> of RFC Templates:
> 
> 9.  Template Text
> 
> a.  Certain RFCs may contain text designated as “Template Text” by the inclusion of the following
> legend in the introduction to the RFC:
> 
>    “This RFC contains text intended for use as a template as designated below by the markers
> <BEGIN TEMPLATE TEXT> and <END TEMPLATE TEXT> or other clear designation.  Such
> Template Text is subject to the provisions of Section 9(b) of the Trust Legal Provisions.”
> 
> b.   In addition to the other rights granted under the TLP with respect to each RFC, the Trust grants
> to all interested persons a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license under
> all copyrights and rights of authors to make, reproduce, publish and distribute modifications of the
> Template Text (e.g., to insert specific information in place of blanks or place-holders), and reproduce,
> modify and distribute such modified Template Text.
> 
> We would like hear your thoughts on changing the Trust Legal Provisions to accommodate the inclusion
> of RFC Templates. Comments will be considered that are received through 25th February.
> 
> Thank you for your assistance.
> 
> Tobias Gondrom
> Chair, IETF Trust
> 



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