[tz] What license IANA is intending to distribute the timezone database under, BSD or public domain
wharms at bfs.de
Sun Dec 4 20:20:15 UTC 2011
This problem was already discussed earlier (e.g.2009)
loom for "License for the tzdata information" to get the 2009 discussion on this topic.
Am 03.12.2011 15:20, schrieb Marshall Eubanks:
> On Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM, Kevin H <kjhdb2011 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The reason I was asking about BSD license was because of a reference in the
>> following document:
>> where it mentions it in conjunction with the code components of the timezone
> No, it doesn't. The only reference to BSD in
> is the current standard IETF Trust boilerplate for all IETF
> documents. The relevant text says
> Code Components extracted from this document must
> include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of
> the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as
> described in the Simplified BSD License.
> There are, as far as I can tell, no code components of any sort
> included _in the text of draft-lear-iana-timezone-database-04_, and so
> no code components to which this applies. (That is what that section
> is intended to handle, and all it is intended to handle.) Later on,
> in Section 6, there is
> Currently the maintainer of the TZ database also maintains reference
> code, most of which is public domain. Several files from this
> software are currently distributed under license. Where they exist,
> licenses SHALL NOT be changed. IANA SHALL allow for the downloading
> of this reference code.
> And in Section 7
> 7. Database Ownership
> The TZ database itself is not an IETF Contribution or an IETF
> Document. Rather it is a pre-existing and regularly updated work
> that is in the public domain, and is intended to remain in the public
> domain. Therefore, BCP 78 and BCP 79 do not apply to the TZ Database
> or contributions that individuals make to it. Should any claims be
> made and substantiated against the database, the IANA will act in
> accordance with all competent court orders. No ownership claims will
> be made by IANA or the IETF Trust on the database or the code. Any
> person making a contribution to the database or code waives all
> rights to future claims.
> Future database and code contributions should be in the public domain.
> Existing code components
> will be under whatever license they are currently in.
>> (I apologize for using fake name in the previous posting)
>> On Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM, David Magda <dmagda at ee.ryerson.ca> wrote:
>>> On Dec 2, 2011, at 17:36, Fake name wrote:
>>>> This question is intended for the people at IANA. I work for NetApp, and
>>>> would like to know what license IANA is intending to distribute the
>>>> timezone database under, BSD or public domain? BSD is referenced in some
>>>> the documentation, but in the past people were assuming this was in the
>>>> public domain until the lawsuit occurred.
>>> SQLite was released into the public domain, and it seems this caused all
>>> sorts legal confusion in certain companies and jurisdictions:
>>> The current license is the public domain, so I'm not sure if it's possible
>>> to change it (IANAL). It was necessary to do this because tzdata et al was
>>> an official (?) function of a US Federal employee, and everything paid for
>>> by US taxpayers has to be given back to them.
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