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Bug#183860: Suggestion to maintainers of GFDL docs



On Thu, Apr 17, 2003 at 02:34:36PM +0000, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
> Debian can't legally distribute such an info document. Because the
> GFDL is incompatible with the GPL, it is prohibited to even
> create an info document from GFDL'd texinfo source. See #183860.

Hrm, if that's the case, we can't distribute, eg, the pcl-cvs.texi
file either -- after all, it's licensed under a "verbatim copying only"
license, but has the "\input texinfo" line at the top.

I don't think that is the case though, for two reasons:

	(1) we don't actually distribute pcl-cvs anything that's made use
	    of the TeX stuff; so we haven't made copies of texinfo.tex,
	    and don't need to be concerned with its copyright

	(2) the TeX output probably comes under the exemption in section 0
	    of the GPL -- `...the output from the Program (texinfo.tex)
	    is covered only if its contents constitute a work based
	    on the Program (independent of having been made by running
	    the Program).'

Either reason alone should be enough to make this not a real concern.

The FSF might like to clarify their intentions here.

Bug cc'ed.

Cheers,
aj

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