Re: How IETF treats contributors

Harald Tveit Alvestrand <> Wed, 01 September 2004 17:14 UTC

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you made a complaint about the SPF draft to the IESG just prior to the 
March IETF meting in Korea.

I'd like to reproduce the answer I sent you at that time here:

> Dear Hadmut:
> Thank you for your inquiry.  Obviously, there is nothing that the IETF
> can do regarding the many activities that you mention as occurring
> outside the IETF process (e.g., the SPF list, the various newspaper
> articles, etc.)
> With respect to your complaint regarding draft-mengwong-spr-00.txt (the
> "SPF I-D") I would like to refer you to RFC 3667 "IETF Rights in
> Contributions", which updates the relevant sections of RFC 2026 regarding
> contributions to the IETF standards process - this document lists the
> various kinds of IPR that were deemed to be relevant to the IETF process.
> Under Section 3.4.a of RFC 3667, each contributor of an IETF document
> represents that: "The Contribution properly acknowledges all major
> Contributors.  A major Contributor is any person who has materially or
> substantially contributed to the IETF Contribution."  In addition, under
> Section 3.4.c, the Contributor represents that he has the full right to
> grant IETF a license under the copyrights in the Contribution. This seems
> to be the part of IETF procedure relevant to your complaint.
> If you believe that the SPF I-D infringes your copyrights or that you
> should be listed as an author of the SPF I-D, you should follow the
> procedures for conflict resolution described in Section 6.5 of RFC 2026.
> I suggest that when you submit your request, you identify the particular
> sections of the SPF-ID that you believe are infringing on your
> copyrights, together with the sections of your original publications that
> you believe have been infringed. If you believe that you have not been
> properly acknowledged for your contribution to the SPF work, please
> provide details of what acknowledgement you would deem correct and
> adequate.
> You may choose to discuss this further with the relevant AD for the MARID
> BOF (Steve Bellovin), or to send directly to the IESG.
> While the IETF is not a court of law, our processes are intended to
> facilitate the fair and equitable resolution of disputes within the IETF
> standards process. We need to facilitate the open exchange of ideas - but
> we need to make sure are being treated fairly in the process, or the
> exchange of ideas will eventually stop.
> Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.
>             Harald Alvestrand, IETF Chair

I have not seen a reply from you to the IESG, so I do not know what has 
happened since that time.


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