[cabfpub] CPs, CPSes and copyright

Ben Wilson ben.wilson at digicert.com
Thu May 14 15:56:20 UTC 2015

That's fine with me.  It's essentially the same and it does help to refer to 
something that is widely known and accepted.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gervase Markham [mailto:gerv at mozilla.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:47 AM
To: Ben Wilson; CABFPub
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] CPs, CPSes and copyright

On 14/05/15 15:48, Ben Wilson wrote:
> A Creative Commons license with the right to create derivative works
> sounds reasonable enough.  That reminds me, I think you mentioned that
> we needed to go back and edit a current version of one of the
> guidelines to make the copyright policy consistent with what we said
> in one of the other guideline documents.  Right?


* The copyright statement at the front of the EV Guidelines does not match, in 
the scope of its permissions, the agreed position on copyright found in our 
IPR Policy section 6.2.

* The BRs did have a copyright statement (which was the same as the one on the 
EV Guidelines, i.e. wrong), but it seems to have fallen off as part of the 
conversion to RFC format.

* The Network Security Guidelines appear not to have any copyright information 
in them.

One option would be for us to agree that the terms of Creative Commons CC-BY 
are basically in line with what the IPR policy requires in section 6.2, and 
just use that, for the avoidance of doubt and uncertainty.
Using a popular license generally leads to less hassle.

Another option would be that each document be changed to use the following 
language, which is heavily based on the text of IPR 6.2:

"Each CAB Forum Participant, on behalf of itself and its Affiliates, grants a 
license to all, worldwide, whether or not they are CAB Forum Participants, to 
reproduce, distribute, make derivative works and display this document."

Either change would be fine, although I'd prefer the CC-BY option if no-one 

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