Guidelines for Working Groups on Intellectual Property Issues
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <firstname.lastname@example.org>, RFC Editor <email@example.com>, ipr mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>, ipr chair <email@example.com> Subject: Protocol Action: 'IETF Rights in Contributions' to BCP The IESG has approved the following documents: - 'Guidelines for Working Groups on Intellectual Property Issues ' <draft-ietf-ipr-wg-guidelines-06.txt> as an Informational RFC - 'IETF Rights in Contributions ' <draft-ietf-ipr-submission-rights-09.txt> as a BCP - 'Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology ' <draft-ietf-ipr-technology-rights-13.txt> as a BCP These documents are products of the Intellectual Property Rights Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Harald Alvestrand and Russ Housley. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ipr-submission-rights-09.txt
Technical summary This set of 3 documents replaces section 10 of RFC 2026, and provides a much more detailed description of the considerations regarding intellectual property that need to be taken into account when working in the IETF. Particular attention is paid to copyright issues and issues concerning requirements for implementation, such as patent licensing. The "Guidelines" document relates useful experience gathered when working with IPR issues in the IETF. Working Group summary The working group was chartered to document existing IPR practice in the IETF, and discuss whether updates were needed. After a great deal of debate, a strong consensus emerged that the fundamental IPR practice in the IETF should not be changed at this time. The details of IPR practice were gone over in minute detail, and the documents are believed to represent WG consensus on the practice that the IETF should follow at present. Protocol Quality The documents were reviewed for the IESG by Harald Alvestrand. RFC EDITOR NOTE: In section 5.6 of draft-ietf-ipr-submission-rights, please make the following changes: OLD: "Copyright (C) The Internet Society <year>. The initial version of this MIB module was published in RFC XXXX; for full legal notices see the RFC itself or see: http://www.ietf.org/copyrights/ianamib.html." NEW: "Copyright (C) The Internet Society <year>. The initial version of this MIB module was published in RFC XXXX; for full legal notices see the RFC itself. Supplementary information may be available on http://www.ietf.org/copyrights/ianamib.html." OLD: Substitute "PIB" for "MIB" in the statement for PIB modules. In the case of MIB and PIB modules this statement should be placed in the DESCRIPTION clause of the MODULE-IDENTITY macro. NEW: For other types of components than "MIB", substitute "MIB module" with an appropriate identifier. In the case of MIB and PIB modules this statement should be placed in the DESCRIPTION clause of the MODULE-IDENTITY macro.