Ben Laurie blathering

IETF Shoots Itself in the Foot

The IETF recently introduced new rules for all Internet Drafts and RFCs that require contributors to grant copyright and trademark licences. This is a perfectly sensible thing to do, of course, but it seems to have introduced an unforeseen problem: it may no longer possible to produce revised versions of old RFCs, particularly if the original authors are dead, as is the case for SMTP, for example.

Oops! This is a great example of why you really need to get your intellectual property rights in order from the start, or you’ve got one hell of a mess to clear up.

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