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Re: Documentation licenses (GFDL discussion on debian-legal)

On Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 06:27:29PM -0500, David Turner wrote:

> > - the Project gutenberg texts (not that their license is currently free)

> Their license is moot in sane countries -- the texts are in the public
> domain. Er, modulo the small percentage of life+50 texts.  And modulo
> Australia, which seems to have rejected Feist, although the case is on
> appeal to the Supreme Court there.

Public domain means that anyone is free to use the material for any
purpose whatsoever, *including* creating derived works which would
themselves be subject to copyright.  AFAIK, this would include
editorializing or annotating the texts.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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