Advice to the Trustees of the IETF Trust on Rights to Be Granted in IETF Documents
RFC 8721

Document Type RFC - Informational (February 2020; No errata)
Obsoletes RFC 5377
Author Joel Halpern 
Last updated 2020-02-27
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                   J. Halpern, Ed.
Request for Comments: 8721                                      Ericsson
Obsoletes: 5377                                            February 2020
Category: Informational                                                 
ISSN: 2070-1721

Advice to the Trustees of the IETF Trust on Rights to Be Granted in IETF


   Contributors grant intellectual property rights to the IETF.  The
   IETF Trust holds and manages those rights on behalf of the IETF.  The
   Trustees of the IETF Trust are responsible for that management.  This
   management includes granting the licenses to copy, implement, and
   otherwise use IETF Contributions, among them Internet-Drafts and
   RFCs.  The Trustees of the IETF Trust accept direction from the IETF
   regarding the rights to be granted.  This document describes the
   desires of the IETF regarding outbound rights to be granted in IETF
   Contributions.  This document obsoletes RFC 5377 solely for the
   purpose of removing references to the IETF Administrative Oversight
   Committee (IAOC), which was part of the IETF Administrative Support
   Activity (IASA).

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
   approved by the IESG are candidates for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

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   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal
   Provisions Relating to IETF Documents
   ( in effect on the date of
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   described in the Simplified BSD License.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Purpose in Granting Rights
   3.  Powers and Authority
   4.  Recommended Grants of Right to Copy
     4.1.  Rights Granted for Reproduction of RFCs
     4.2.  Rights Granted for Quoting from IETF Contributions
     4.3.  Rights Granted for Implementing Based on IETF Contributions
     4.4.  Rights Granted for Use of Text from IETF Contributions
     4.5.  Additional Licenses for IETF Contributions
   5.  IANA Considerations
   6.  Security Considerations
   7.  References
     7.1.  Normative References
     7.2.  Informative References
   Author's Address

1.  Introduction

   Under the current operational and administrative structures, IETF
   intellectual property rights are vested in the IETF Trust
   administered by a board of trustees.  This includes the right to make
   use of IETF Contributions, as granted by Contributors under the rules
   laid out in [RFC5378].  The Trustees of the IETF Trust are therefore
   responsible for defining the rights to copy granted by the IETF to
   people who wish to make use of the material in these documents.

   For consistency and clarity, this document uses the same terminology
   laid out in [RFC5378] and uses the same meanings as defined in that

   The IETF Trust, by way of its Trustees, has indicated, as is
   consistent with the IETF structure, that it will respect the wishes
   of the IETF in regard to what these granted rights ought to be.  It
   is therefore the IETF's responsibility to articulate those wishes.
   This document represents the wishes of the IETF regarding the rights
   granted to all users in regard to IETF Contributions, until it is

2.  Purpose in Granting Rights

   In providing a description of the wishes of the IETF with regard to
   rights granted in RFCs, it is helpful to keep in mind the purpose of
   granting such rights.

   The mission of the IETF is to produce documents that make the
   Internet work better (see [RFC3935] for more details).  These
   documents, when completed, are published as RFCs.

   An important subclass of RFCs is standards describing protocols; for
   these, the primary value to the Internet is the ability of
   implementors to build solutions (products, software, etc.) that
   interoperate using these standards.  Hence, the IETF has a strong
   interest in seeing accurate, interoperable implementations of the
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