Copyright

Copyright is a form of legal protection for “works of authorship”.  While copyright rules vary from country to country, most recognize copyright in textual documents, illustrations, tables, charts and computer software code.  Thus, most of the material produced within the IETF standards process is covered by copyright.

A copyright generally comes into existence when a work is created.  Contributors to IETF license their copyrights in their Contributions to the IETF Trust pursuant to RFC 5378, and the IETF Trust, in turn, licenses those Contributions to others for use in the IETF standards process and elsewhere pursuant to the Trust Legal Provisions.

Report a Copyright Infringement

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), Pub. L. 105-304, the IETF Trustees have designated an agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement occurring in the ietf.org domain. If you believe that your copyrighted work is being infringed, notify our designated agent specified below.

Please note, this agent is for reporting of copyright infringement and for requests for copyright permission.

Ray Pelletier
Trustee, IETF Administrative Director
1775 Wiehle Ave
Suite 201
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-439-2120
Fax: 703-326-9881
Email: legal@ietf.org

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires that all infringement claims must be in writing and must include the following information:

  • A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on its behalf;
  • A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
  • A description of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit the IETF to locate the material;
  • Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and email;
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.