Re: GNU FDL (was Re: Bug#141561: gnu-standards: Non-free =?iso-8859-15?q?software in?= main)
On Wed, Apr 10, 2002 at 11:38:45AM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> Anthony Towns <email@example.com> writes:
> > On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 05:17:48PM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > > 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.
> > Australia, for example, doesn't have a "fair use" principle at
> > all. (Instead, there are a range of delineated uses you're allowed to
> > make of copyrighted works without the author's permission).
> Fair use *is* a range of delineated uses you're allowed to make
> of copyrighted works without the author's permission.
Not precisely, no. Fair use in the US is determined by the courts
after the fact, and there's a degree of flexibility in their
interpretation. There is no such thing in Australia. Some of the same
rights are protected by legislation, others aren't. Relying on "fair use"
isn't an appropriate thing for Debian to do.
Anthony Towns <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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