[flac-dev] IETF FLAC specification

Jim Gray jgray at elcaminostudios.com
Wed Oct 27 16:06:06 UTC 2021

I don't know Josh, but apparently, this is his LinkedIn profile:



On Tue, October 26, 2021 11:57 pm, Martijn van Beurden wrote:

> Hi all,
> A few years ago, the Codec Encoding for LossLess Archiving and
> Realtime transmission (CELLAR) working group of the IETF was formed.
> They have been working on expanding current open standards, including
> Matroska, EBML, FFV1 and FLAC with the aim of publishing RFCs for
> these formats.
> The thing is, they started out with the 'Format' document that is on
> the website, which is licensed under GFDL. This document (according to git
> history) has barely been touched by anyone since Josh Coalson disappeared
> from the FLAC project. Due to legal issues at the IETF, the question was
> asked if Josh Coalson could be contacted about exempting the IETF of the
> requirements the GFDL poses. Apparently, the IETF would like to reserve
> the right to call something RFC XXXX, and not have someone else edit the
> document and publish it as an IETF RFC. This is covered by trademark
> rights in most, but not all countries, which is why the IETF doesn't want
> to use GNU FDL protected parts.
> So, CELLAR has two options: rewrite the whole document or contact Josh
> Coalson on this issue. My question now is: does anyone know how to
> contact him? Can perhaps someone forward this e-mail or contact him
> directly?
> Kind regards,
> Martijn van Beurden
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