Re: [antitrust-policy] Proprietary information [An Antitrust Policy for the IETF]

Jorge Contreras <cntreras@gmail.com> Mon, 16 January 2012 00:07 UTC

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Subject: Re: [antitrust-policy] Proprietary information [An Antitrust Policy for the IETF]
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On Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM, Brian E Carpenter <
brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> wrote:

> ...
> > IETF meeting participants MUST NOT:
>
> ...
> >  - present or exchange proprietary information; or
>
> I'd like to see this stated in a way that defines what "proprietary
> information" means. It's quite common for people to describe proprietary
> technology during IETF discussions, RFC 2026 describes how this fits into
> the IETF process, and there are numerous RFCs that describe proprietary
> technology. What type of proprietary information is problematic?
>
>   Brian
>

Brian -- it's not clear to me that this statement is necessary in this
document, as Section 5.2 of RFC 5378 already provides:

No information or document that is subject to any requirement of
confidentiality or any restriction on its dissemination may be
submitted as a Contribution or otherwise considered in any part ofthe
IETF Standards Process, and there must be no assumption of
anyconfidentiality obligation with respect to any Contribution.