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Re: A possible GFDL compromise

Richard Stallman said:
>    But there is a difference between the GPL-required text:
>    ...
>    And the GFDL-required text:
> They are different, but neither of them is really short, so I think the
> practical consequences are more or less the same.

To use one page of the GPL-licensed work required one paragraph in the
Copyright page, the page I wanted to use, and a copy of the GPL.

To use one page of the GFDL-licensed work required one paragraph in the
Copyright page, the page I wanted to use, and a copy of the GFDL (so far the
same), plus:
1. the required front-cover text (on a page by itself before the excerpt:
"bracket" in the terms of the GFDL),
2. the required invariant sections (several pages), and
3. the required back-cover text (on a page by itself after the excerpt and
the invariant sections).

>    [ Page 12 is the "front cover" of the GFDL'd subwork, so has just
>    the words "A GNU Manual"]
>    (Page 13 is the same as page 12 above)
> I don't undertand this.  Why have page 13 duplicating page 12?
> Anyway, this is not required for on-line use, only for printed copies,
> which have covers anyway.  Likewise page 19.

The page I want to excerpt from the GPLd document was on page 12.  With the
GFDLd document, the cover text is page 12, and the excerpt is moved to
page 13.
Pages 12 and 19 (the front-cover and back-cover respectively) are required
under section 7 of the GFDL:
>>>>> If the Cover Text requirement of section 3 is applicable to these
>>>>> copies of the Document, then if the Document is less than one half of
>>>>> the entire aggregate, the Document's Cover Texts may be placed on
>>>>> covers that bracket the Document within the aggregate, or the
>>>>> electronic equivalent of covers if the Document is in electronic form.

The requirements of section 3 apply if the medium "commonly has printed
covers" and if the quantity printed is over 100.

Not to go too far on a tangent, but...
Do data CDs "commonly have printed covers" (jewel case inserts)?  Would
pressing a CD (rather than burning a CDR) be considered "printing"?


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