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Re: Proposed statement wrt GNU FDL

Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:

> The real answer is that:
>     (a) There's never any point making these things unmodifiable. Deriving
>         a new license that uses some parts of the GPL doesn't change
>         the license of old works, and isn't dangerous in any way --
>         it merely makes it easier to write new license. Likewise for
>         programs, documentation, and anything else.

It is dangerous, as it leads to confusion: a document which looks much
like the GPL, except for one small section, might not be noticed.

However, the legal text of the GPL is reusable (allowing modification
and distribution), as long as you don't include the name GPL, the
Preamble, or the instructions for use.  If Debian's going to
eventually remove invariant sections, it's possible that the included
copy of the GPL should have those sections removed as well.


Brian T. Sniffen                                        bts@alum.mit.edu

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