[cabfpub] Copyright license on Guidelines and Requirements

Ben Wilson ben.wilson at digicert.com
Sat Mar 7 20:46:29 UTC 2015

Unless there is objection, I'll go through the next version of each of each
of the guideline documents we publish and make the correction that Gerv has

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From: public-bounces at cabforum.org [mailto:public-bounces at cabforum.org] On
Behalf Of Gervase Markham
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2015 1:14 PM
To: Ryan Sleevi; CABFPub
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Copyright license on Guidelines and Requirements

On 07/03/15 19:51, Ryan Sleevi wrote:
>> "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?

This was the original policy when the document was written. However, the CAB
Forum IPR policy was changed precisely to solve this problem. The IPR policy

"Each CAB Forum Participant, on behalf of itself and its Affiliates, grants
... (2) upon release of the Final Guideline or Final Maintenance Guidelines
a license to all, worldwide, whether or not they are CAB Forum Participants
to reproduce, distribute, make derivative works and display such Final
Guidelines or Final Maintenance Guidelines."

Every member of the CAB Forum has signed this IPR policy. We should update
the prologue of each of our documents to reflect the new situation. (I
already requested this edit for the new Code Signing

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