Re: License File for Open Source Repositories

Jari Arkko <jari.arkko@piuha.net> Sat, 24 December 2016 08:56 UTC

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Dave,

Seasons greetings! :-)

> "open source != BSD". There are better licenses out there - notably
> apache 2.0 is pretty clear, legally, in places where BSD is not.

You may be correct, but this license file was not intended to change what IETF policies around code in RFCs and I-Ds are. It was only intended to be usable as a note in a repository used for spec work; the note just says that the IETF rules apply. And those rules say we apply BSD license for the code components in our documents, see Section 4 in https://trustee.ietf.org/documents/IETF-TLP-5_001.html.

Jari