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Copyrights on WWW protocols?

From: Pat Ryan <ryan@odouls.stx.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 1995 15:08:01 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <9503032008.AA21584@odouls>
To: www-talk@www0.cern.ch
Cc: ryan@odouls.stx.com (Pat Ryan)

	I'm in the process of writing a book for PTR Prentice-Hall
tentatively entitled "Programming the World Wide Web: Protocols and
Implementation".  It's a book on how the Web actually works as opposed to
being another book on HTML or how to get on the Net.

	I need to find out what, if any, copyrights exist on the protocol
documents archived at W3C.  Specifically, I'm working the chapter on
HTTP/1.0 right now.  I realize that the spec is an "Internet draft" and
subject to change without notice.  During my examination of the protocol, I
need to copy certain descriptions almost word-for-word.  My "value-added"
will be lots of examples and development of a mini HTTP server in Perl
(with apologies to Plexus).  I'll also include some discussion of current
areas of active WWW research & development.  Of course, I'll mention how
all these wonderful open standards came into being through the selfless
efforts of several individuals as well as the vigorous participation of the
USENET community.

	Now, I certainly don't want to be accused of plagiarism or get my
tush dragged into court.  At the very beginning of the chapter, I give
extensive credit to TBL as well as explain a little bit about the process
of Internet drafts, RFCs, etc.

	Whom do I contact to find out what permissions I need?  And while
I'm asking, who hold the copyrights on RFCs?  Is it IETF?  The individual

	Thanks for any help you can offer.


                                                           patrick m. ryan
                                                    hughes stx corporation
                            patrick.m.ryan.1@gsfc.nasa.gov / pryan@stx.com
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