[pkg-kolab] Re: license of schema files

Simon Josefsson jas at extundo.com
Wed Apr 5 09:43:27 UTC 2006

MJ Ray <mjr at phonecoop.coop> writes:

>> c. maybe it rfc releated and need waiting for RFC license discussion (i
>> dont know the status of it)?
> The RFC copyright licence problems have been discussed. See
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/02/threads.html#00151
> for one possibly relevant thread (anyone got a better link?)

One is <http://josefsson.org/bcp78broken/>.

I'm participating in the IPR WG within IETF to try to change this.  As
part of this, it has been clarified that the copyright notice in RFC
is not really on the text in the RFC, but on auxilliary parts
(boilerplate) and the collective work formed by many people
participating in producing the document (in those cases where actually
many people participated).  See the following response from IETF's


I surveyed a couple of other source packages in Debian, and the ISOC
copyright and this license is present in some of them (e.g., the krb5
source package).

Perhaps we should start to look through all source packages, and
remove all traces of RFC material.

However, alternatively, you could ask the author of that RFC if he
would be willing to re-license the material under some other license.
He has the right to do this.  This is the procedure I'm following for
the Shishi packages, which uses the Kerberos V5 ASN.1 schema from RFC

If someone works in an organization that is active in the IETF,
getting them to participate in the discussion in the IPR WG, and talk
to the leadership in that area and explain that this is a serious
problem, that would be useful.


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