Re: [tlp-interest] A clerical correction to the IETF Trust Legal Provisions 5.0

"John R. Levine" <> Tue, 24 August 2021 15:43 UTC

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On Tue, 24 Aug 2021, Lars Eggert wrote:

> I don't see any highlighted changes in that document, and it also still seems to talk about the Simplified BSD License - am I missing something?

Google Docs is doing something strange -- the Docs app on my iPad shows 
the diffs, the web site doesn't.  I'll try and get it to make a PDF.

>> Since this update only corrects a mistake and makes no substantive change to the TLP or the licenses it grants, we plan to post this as a correction rather than as a new version of the TLP.  Once we have done that we also plan to request changes to I-D and RFC boilerplate that use the wrong name, again, with no changes to the licenses themselves.
> Would those changes to boilerplate text amount to anything more than replacing "Simplified BSD License" with "Modified BSD license" in the text below?

That's it.

> Also, is there a plan to do anything about the ~3000 RFCs that were published with this incorrect boilerplate text?

Since we don't have a way to update them, no.  The boilerplate says

    Code Components extracted from this document must
    include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of
    the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as
    described in the Simplified BSD License.

TLP section 4 contains the correct license with the wrong name, for anyone 
who cares enough to look at it.

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