[rfc-i] summary of Removing postal information from RFCs

John R Levine johnl at taugh.com
Mon Jul 12 08:59:10 PDT 2021

On Mon, 12 Jul 2021, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>>> IANAL, but surely what counts in prior art claims is certification that
>>> a document *was* published , not which particular Jane Doe  wrote it.
>> It has never been a problem so far, but we trustees do worry about a
>> scenario in which an I-D or an RFC contains text that was borrowed
>> from someone else and the someone else objects. We have a process that
>> shows good faith but if we coudn't find the person who did the
>> borrowing, it could be messy.
> Yes, I can see that, but it would be messy (for example) to look for
> someone whose affiliation and street address belong to a no-longer
> existing company; so messy cases probably come with the territory.

If it wasn't clear, I don't think that postal addresses would 
make any difference.  The most likely version of this scenario is that 
someone uses material he wrote while working for company X, and the 
company says it belongs to them, not to him.

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