[cabfpub] Copyright license on Guidelines and Requirements

Ben Wilson ben.wilson at digicert.com
Sat Mar 7 20:01:08 UTC 2015

I would argue that, by implication, piecemeal copying verbatim is allowed.  The requirement for attribution as indicated only applies to verbatim copying of “the entire document”.  Therefore, if someone wanted to copy most of the document while leaving out key words, that would be allowed without the notice.  (This argument is my own and not that of DigiCert.)  In spite of my argument, the sentence could benefit from some additional clarifications.  


From: public-bounces at cabforum.org [mailto:public-bounces at cabforum.org] On Behalf Of Ryan Sleevi
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From: "Peter Bowen" <pzbowen at gmail.com <mailto:pzbowen at gmail.com> >
Date: Mar 7, 2015 11:49 AM

> The published Guidelines and Requirements all have the following
> statement on the cover page:
> "Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire document is
> permitted in any medium without royalty, provided this notice is
> preserved"
> This would, on its face, appear to not allow incorporation of the
> requirements into other documents, such as the Certificate Policies of
> individual CAs.  Is this the intent of the statement?  If so, how do
> CAs who incorporate the requirements into their CP get a license to do
> so?
> Thanks,
> Peter

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