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[ih] Who owns old RFCs ?

Some other SDOs and industry fora create consensus conformance test plans
and then work out a deal with one or more test labs to run the tests for a
fee. The vendors pay for the testing, and if they don't pass, the test labs
work with them so that they can bring the product into compliance. Once
they pass, they get a report and certificate showing compliance, and in
some cases a joint press release with the sponsoring SDO/forum.


On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 9:49 PM Joe Touch via Internet-history <
internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:

> > On Apr 23, 2020, at 6:37 PM, Dave Crocker <dhc at dcrocker.net> wrote:
> >
> > ?On 4/23/2020 6:30 PM, Joseph Touch via Internet-history wrote:
> >> Paid for - like everything else in the IETF - the goodness in people?s
> hearts?
> >> Note that the majority of large-timesink roles in the IETF are
> performed by people paid by vendors. The carrot of true compliance is the
> fee charged for compliance verification.
> >
> >
> > Just by way of example, when someone buys a product that advertises a
> set of features and discover it doesn't have some of them, it's not
> uncommon for them to demand a refund.  With enough customers deceived in
> that fashion, it is not uncommon for a government agency to take action.
> Perhaps the same FCC that doesn?t think the Internet is a communications
> service?
> Again, though, we?re back to compliance.  We have nothing that asserts
> what that requires, so it?s impossible to claim a device fails that test.
> Joe
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