Re: [Iasa20] Benjamin Kaduk's No Objection on draft-ietf-iasa2-rfc2031bis-05: (with COMMENT)

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Subject: Re: [Iasa20] Benjamin Kaduk's No Objection on draft-ietf-iasa2-rfc2031bis-05: (with COMMENT)
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On Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 08:19:46PM +0000, Livingood, Jason wrote:
> Thanks also for these changes! This will be incorporated into -06 shortly.
> In Section 5, on ISOC taking IAB advice: not sure they have anything formal, you may want to ask them if this is important to you (I don’t think it must be resolved for the purpose of updating this document).

It's not that important to me.

> In Section 6, IETF is in charge of changing IETF documents.

I guess it depends on whether "rights to change these documents" means "to
prepare derivative works" or something else.  "rights to distribute
different content under the same RFC NNNN name" is perhaps of academic
interest, I suppose, but unlikely to ever happen in practice.
My understanding was that the Trust does not have the exclusive right to
produce derivative works for some (pre-2008) RFCs, even if it does have the
right to do so.

> In Section 7, not sure what the question is... The IETF is solely responsible for IETF working groups - ISOC plays no role in that.

Are, e.g., "IETF working groups" part of the "IETF administration" (as
opposed to, say, the "IETF workflow")?  This seems like basically an
editorial question and I'm not sure what the intent was, anyway.



> On 8/22/19, 9:40 AM, "Benjamin Kaduk via Datatracker" <> wrote:
>     Benjamin Kaduk has entered the following ballot position for
>     draft-ietf-iasa2-rfc2031bis-05: No Objection
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>     COMMENT:
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>     Section 1
>        The growth of the Internet over several decades also led to the
>        growth of the IETF.  More and more people, organizations, and
>        companies rely on Internet Standards.  Non-technical issues, such as
>     I suppose we can ignore the elephant in the room that the Internet runs on
>     Proposed Standards.
>     Section 2
>        community.  Open standards are an explicit part of one of the focus
>        areas in ISOC's mission: Advancing the development and application of
>        Internet infrastructure, technologies, and open standards.
>     Perhaps a reference to is in
>     order?
>     Section 3
>        The IETF remains responsible for the development and quality of the
>        Internet Standards.  Apart from the roles described below, the IETF
>        and ISOC acknowledge that ISOC has no influence whatsoever on the
>        technical content of Internet Standards.
>     As for Roman, this struck me as perhaps overly strong, and perhaps
>     intended to refer to "organizational" influence or influence "as an
>     institution", though perhaps the later text about involvement of ISOC
>     employees "as individual contributors rather than on institutional
>     grounds" suffices.
>     Section 5
>        The charter of the IAB (Internet Architecture Board) [RFC2850] states
>        that "the IAB acts as a source of advice and guidance to the Board of
>        Trustees and Officers of the Internet Society concerning technical,
>        architectural, procedural, and (where appropriate) policy matters
>        pertaining to the Internet and its enabling technologies".  This
>     Is there anything on the  ISOC side that documents how they accept
>     advice from the IAB or reach out to the IAB for such advice?
>     Section 6
>        trademarks, copyrights, and intellectual property rights.  As part of
>        the IETF Trust arrangement, IETF standards documents can be freely
>        downloaded, copied, and distributed without financial or other
>        distribution restrictions, though all rights to change these
>        documents lie with the IETF.  The IETF Trust also provides legal
>     Is that truly "all rights" or only as it applies to documents published
>     under the RFC 5378 terms (as opposed to, say, the "pre5378Trust200902"
>     ipr attribute in the XML vocabulary)?
>     Section 7
>        Under the new IASA 2.0 structure, the IETF is solely responsible for
>        its administration, including the IETF Trust, IAB, IESG, IETF working
>        groups, and other IETF processes.  A further exploration of this can
>     I'm not sure whether there's a nit here or not, but it kind of reads
>     like this is saying that (e.g.) "IETF working groups" are part of the
>     IETF's "administration", which requires a certain mindset to seem true.
>     Section 13
>     I agree with the secdir reviewer that having a link to the LLC
>     operational agreement would be helpful.