Re: cvs commit: src Makefile.inc1 src/crypto/openssh sshd.c src/etc Makefile src/etc/gss Makefile mech qop src/etc/mtree BSD.include.dist BSD.root.dist src/gnu/usr.bin/cvs/cvs Makefile src/include Makefile gssapi.h src/include/gssapi Makefile gssapi.h ...

From: Doug Rabson <dfr_at_nlsystems.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 09:28:10 +0000
On Monday 02 January 2006 01:14, Hiroki Sato wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Doug Rabson <dfr_at_FreeBSD.org> wrote
>   in <200512291440.jBTEeMt7052684_at_repoman.freebsd.org>:
>
> df> dfr         2005-12-29 14:40:22 UTC
> df>
> df>   FreeBSD src repository
> df>
> df>   Modified files:
> df>     .                    Makefile.inc1
> df>     crypto/openssh       sshd.c
> df>     etc                  Makefile
> df>     etc/mtree            BSD.include.dist BSD.root.dist
> df>     gnu/usr.bin/cvs/cvs  Makefile
> df>     include              Makefile
> df>     kerberos5/lib/libgssapi Makefile
> (snip)
> df>   Log:
> df>   Add a new extensible GSS-API layer which can support GSS-API
> plugins, df>   similar the the Solaris implementation. Repackage the
> krb5 GSS mechanism df>   as a plugin library for the new
> implementation. This also includes a df>   comprehensive set of
> manpages for the GSS-API functions with text mostly df>   taken from
> the RFC.
>
>  Are these RFC derived manual pages legally safe?  Recently we
> replaced our IPv6 related manual pages from KAME project because most
> of them reuse RFC text as manual pages and IETF rights in
> contribution (RFC 3978) does not permit to produce a derivative work
> except for IETF or ISOC.  So, I think we have a consensus that the
> RFC license is incompatible with the BSD license.

The copyright statement for this particular RFC reads as follows:


   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000).  All Rights Reserved.

   This document and translations of it may be copied and furnished to
   others, and derivative works that comment on or otherwise explain it
   or assist in its implementation may be prepared, copied, published
   and distributed, in whole or in part, without restriction of any
   kind, provided that the above copyright notice and this paragraph are
   included on all such copies and derivative works.  However, this
   document itself may not be modified in any way, such as by removing
   the copyright notice or references to the Internet Society or other
   Internet organizations, except as needed for the purpose of
   developing Internet standards in which case the procedures for
   copyrights defined in the Internet Standards process must be
   followed, or as required to translate it into languages other than
   English.

   The limited permissions granted above are perpetual and will not be
   revoked by the Internet Society or its successors or assigns.

   This document and the information contained herein is provided on an
   "AS IS" basis and THE INTERNET SOCIETY AND THE INTERNET ENGINEERING
   TASK FORCE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING
   BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY THAT THE USE OF THE INFORMATION
   HEREIN WILL NOT INFRINGE ANY RIGHTS OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
   MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

I take the 'in whole or in part' phrase as allowing the kind of copying 
that I performed while writing the manpages. The above copyright notice 
is preserved in each and every manpage. I will also note that the 
Solaris manpages for GSS-API have been derived from the same text as 
can be clearly seen by reading a representative selection. I don't have 
the Solaris manpage source so I can't tell what copyright they contain.
Received on Mon Jan 02 2006 - 09:28:14 UTC