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Re: A possible GFDL compromise: a proposal

Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> writes:

>     >I don't think that section titles are a problem--it would not be
>     >hard to put them in a program.
>     In a *binary executable* ?!?!  That's what I'm talking about here.
> I am not sure if you are right; this might be impossible or it might
> be easy.  I have never thought about what this requirement means for a
> binary executable, because the question is not important.  I don't think
> it needs to be possible to use text from manuals in a program.
> A manual is free if you can publish modified versions as manuals.

And is a text editor free if you can only publish modified versions as
text editors -- not as manuals or tetris games or news-readers or web

> Many free documentation licenses won't permit use of the text in
> GPL-covered free programs, and practically speaking, this means I
> can't use them in any of the programs I might want to use them in.
> Whether the manual's text could be used in a free software package
> with a license that qualifies as free software, but is not one I'd
> want to use, is just academic.

Not to Debian it isn't academic: single license conflicts, such as
BSD-with-advertising-clause with GNU GPL, happen all the time in the
free software world.  A *universal* license conflict, such as this, is
not something I have ever seen for Free Software.


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