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, Aye. > 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. Aye. > 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. Ouch.
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