Re: Transfers of copyright versus licensing

Brian E Carpenter <brc@zurich.ibm.com> Tue, 15 March 2005 14:40 UTC

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Bill Sommerfeld wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-03-11 at 16:02, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> 
>>Bill Sommerfeld wrote:
>>
>>>I've seen indications (in the context of an open source project) that
>>>joint copyright ownership might be legally possible.
>>>
>>>In other words, both the contributor *and* the recipient would retain full
>>>rights to do whatever they wanted with the text.
>>
>>Scenario: I write a spec. The IETF puts the ISOC copyright on it.
>>I invert a couple of bytes in my version and republish.
>>Interoperability, anybody?
> 
> 
> ok, now I'm confused; how is this any different from the universe 
> described in John Klensin's note:
> 
>    The IETF's traditional approach toward documents, even 
>    standards-track ones, has been to leave copyright ownership in 
>    the hands of the original authors and editors but to demand, for 
>    the IETF and ISOC, such rights as we believe are required to get 
>    our work done.
> 
> i.e.., in the universe as described by Klensin, the original author is 
> already able to fork the protocol.

Undoubtedly, but s/he can't call it an IETF RFC, which the "free document"
approach would allow, as far as I understood the proposal.
> 
> I agree with you that forking of protocols is something which should be
> discouraged.

    Brian


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