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Re: REVISED PROPOSAL regarding DFSG 3 and 4, licenses, and modifiable text

On Tue, Dec 04, 2001 at 05:15:50PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> I don't mean a Debian-specific license.  I mean RMS giving the Debian
> project a copy of the manual, with political sections, but without
> marking them as invariant, under the understand that Debian would not
> remove the invariant sections.

Hrm.  That treads perilously close to being licensing by another name.

But RMS would, I expect, reject this.  If I were him I'd realize that
this would mean that some nefarious third party could grab the GNU
Manuals *from* Debian, which would be licensed without invariant
sections, and proceed to do things the FSF doesn't want done, like print
the GNU Manuals without them.

After all, an understanding between Debian and the FSF, even if
achieved, would not be binding upon third parties.  The only way to do
this and have legal protections intact would be to have a
Debian-specific license, and then we're back to DFSG 8 problems.

I may not agree with the FSF's decision to pile on invariant sections,
but I really would rather not do anything to get around them that would
smack of skullduggery to the FSF.  I'd much rather just ask them up
front and be prepared to hear a "no".  And, in fact, that appears to be
what happened.


Message-Id: <20011127155358.B14227@deadbeast.net>


Message-Id: <200111291917.fATJHru17234@aztec.santafe.edu>

for the exchange between RMS and myself.

Nevertheless, I won't tell you not to pitch this to RMS.  If he says
yes, let us know.  We may as well consider it.

G. Branden Robinson                |
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