Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents

Approved November 6, 2008

Effective Date: November 10, 2008

1.         Background

            The IETF Trust was formed on December 15, 2005, for, among other things, the purpose of acquiring, holding, maintaining and licensing certain existing and future intellectual property used in connection with the Internet standards process and its administration, for the advancement of science and technology associated with the Internet and related technology.  Accordingly, pursuant to RFC 5378, Contributors to the IETF Standards Process grant the IETF Trust certain licenses with respect to their IETF Contributions.   In RFC
5377, the IETF Community has provided the IETF Trust with guidance regarding licenses that the IETF Trust should grant to others with respect to such IETF Contributions and IETF Documents. These Legal Provisions describe the rights and licenses that the IETF Trust grants to others with respect to such IETF Contributions and IETF Documents; as well as certain restrictions,