Re: [tlp-interest] Proposed Policy on Rights in IANA Parameter Registry Data

Dick Franks <> Tue, 22 September 2020 02:11 UTC

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On Tue, 22 Sep 2020 at 00:47, Timothy Mcsweeney <> wrote:

> Hi Glenn,
> >Especially when you consider that so far not a single reason has been
> raised against the proposed action.
> Allow me to be the first.
> Attempting to wipe away someone copyrights by merely saying so seems a bit
> agressive to me.  Then to not give others a informed opportunity to open
> source or license those copyrights before the change is made seems even
> more aggressive.  But to give away someones copyrights to the general
> public without even attempted contact seems to me, most agessive.  Aren't
> the people in those registries your customers?  I have copywritten material
> on those registries and I was nt under any obligation to give up copyrights
> when a submission was made, nor am I in any particular hurry to do so.  Or
> perhaps this is just for submissions going forward, is that right?

Protocol registries are analogous to telephone directories.
The US Supreme Court held that white page directories are not entitled to
copyright, overturning the decisions of the District Court and Court of

*Feist Publications, Incorporated v. Rural Telephone Service Company,
Incorporated*, 499 U.S. 340 (1991).