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Re: query from Georg Greve of GNU about Debian's opinion of the FDL

On Sun, 2003-04-27 at 18:59, Nathanael Nerode wrote:

> This appears to represent a consensus view of Debian:
> * Some people believe that immutable sections are not acceptable in a free 
> document,


> but a majority of Debian seems to think that immutable sections are 
> free provided they consist of non-technical material.

Nay. If they are removable, then it is possible to make the document
free (by removing them)

> * A large majority of Debian seems to think that *non-removable* immutable 
> sections (which GFDL "invariant sections" are) are an unacceptable 
> infringement of the right to modify, the sole exceptions being copyright 
> notices and the associated licence texts.


> Perhaps the most impressive is the following: Suppose I wish to use large 
> sections of the Emacs manual in a treatise on free software.  The GNU FDL 
> grants me *NO* rights to do so, because I must keep the invariant section 
> (the GNU Manifesto), but it would become an illegitimate invariant section 
> (because it is now on the main topic of the work).  I'd better hope my use is 
> minimal enough to qualify under fair use principles.


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