Re: BCP97bis and "freely available"

Michael Richardson <mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca> Tue, 19 October 2021 11:30 UTC

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From: Michael Richardson <mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca>
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Subject: Re: BCP97bis and "freely available"
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Sandy Wills <Sandy@WEIJax.net> wrote:
    > 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."

For a number of organizations, workers are *not* allowed to click through
any terms and conditions, regardless of financial cost.

They have to ask the lawyers to review because of concerns about IPR "infection"

I'm told one Big Tech company has a 9-month backlog on that, so effectively,
those people can never follow the link.

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Michael Richardson <mcr+IETF@sandelman.ca>   . o O ( IPv6 IøT consulting )
           Sandelman Software Works Inc, Ottawa and Worldwide