Is this license free enough for Debian?
I'm packaging the online book "Grokking the GIMP"
(http://www.gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/). The license is the Open Publication
License from www.opencontent.org. (The specific license of the book
follows). Is this free enough for Debian?
PS: Please CC me as I am not on this list.
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