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

John R Levine <johnl@taugh.com> Tue, 24 August 2021 02:18 UTC

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Subject: [tlp-interest] A clerical correction to the IETF Trust Legal Provisions 5.0
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The IETF Trust originally published the Trust Legal Provisions in 2008 and 
has updated it four times, most recently as TLP 5.0 published in 2015.

The trustees recently noted a confusing clerical error in the TLP where it 
describes the license we offer on code components of RFCs and other IETF 

Over the years there have been several variations of the BSD license. The 
most common are the two-clause and three-clause versions.  The license we 
use is is the three-clause BSD license, which is included in full in the 
TLP.  That license is generally known as the Revised or Modified BSD 
license, while the two-clause license is known as the Simplified license. 
For reasons lost to history, the TLP 5.0 refers to its license as the 
Simplified license, even though it is really the Revised license.  Oops. 
This name error has been copied into boilerplate in RFCs and I-Ds even 
though the license itself is correct.

We plan to make clerical corrections to the TLP to change the name to 
Revised license in all the places where the name occurs, and to change a 
URL to link to the correct license at opensource.org.  The license itself 
does not change, only the name used to refer to it.

This Google doc shows the changes:


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.

If you have comments or questions, please follow up to tlp-interest@ietf.org.

John Levine, johnl@taugh.com, Taughannock Networks, Trumansburg NY
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