Re: GNU FDL (was Re: Bug#141561: gnu-standards: Non-free =?iso-8859-15?q?software in?= main)
On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 05:17:48PM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > As a small example, consider that someone might wish to condense part of
> > your book into a reference card that can be mounted on a mousepad.
> > Unfortunately, the license will requires that Ian M's history of Debian
> > be reproduced on this reference card somehow, thereby making it less
> > useful. Would you still say the reader has all necessary freedoms?
> Excerpting is allowed by copyright law under the fair use principle, and
> one need not accept any license governing a work to exercise that right
> to fair use.
What's the line? Using any descriptions would put you in serious danger
on something as small as a reference card (if it were to be sold
commerically.) Even if I'm wrong, there's still the problem that fair
use isn't very well defined, especially not internationally. It's much
nicer to have the clear approval of the author.
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