Re: BCP97bis and "freely available"

Sandy Wills <Sandy@WEIJax.net> Mon, 18 October 2021 22:38 UTC

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Subject: Re: BCP97bis and "freely available"
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Perhaps add that definition in the document:

For RFC references, "Freely Available" is defined as "Obtainable on the 
open market without violating copyrights, corporate policies, or 
government laws or regulations.  There may be a financial cost to 
obtaining such a reference."

On 10/18/21 4:42 PM, Scott O. Bradner wrote:
> that is what I remember as well (“freely” != “free”)
> 
> Scott
> 
>> On Oct 18, 2021, at 4:04 PM, Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> I think the original concern was indeed standards that (for
>> proprietary or other reasons) were actually kept secret.
>> So "freely" didn't imply "free of charge"; it meant available
>> to the general public. In that sense it's closely related
>> to "open standards". Those are standards that are open to
>> the general public. I think that's what we insist on, and
>> "free of charge" is desirable, but not essential.

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Sandy Wills
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