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GPL+ for docs (Was: Is Open Publication License v1.0 compatible?)

* Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org> [2004-03-01 09:18:43 -0500]:

> Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> writes:
> > On Sun, Feb 29, 2004 at 12:47:56AM -0500, Jeremy Hankins wrote:
> >> Hrm.  Punch cards come to mind.  Can't say it should be computer
> >> readable -- what about OCR?  I don't know how this would properly be
> >> worded.
> >
> > A stack of paper is not the preferred form for modification. Leave the
> > rest for the courts to worry about; trying to specify it can only lead
> > to misery and pain.
> Yeah, I think you're right.  I take back what I said about making that
> explicit in the license text.

> So it seems that GPL + exception for small-scale, non-commercial
> versions is probably the best bet, along with explanatory text regarding
> what source means, is the best bet.
> Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
> PGP fingerprint: 748F 4D16 538E 75D6 8333  9E10 D212 B5ED 37D0 0A03

My understanding of how this discussion developed is that a GPL license
+ a clause about allowing small non-commercial _paper_ printing runs to
not have to provide sources, applied to software documentation would be
DFSG-free and is generally recommended for documentation in Debian. 

On the other had OPLv1.0 cannot be made DFSG-free and should not be
bothered with, unless the goal of the upstream _is_ to stay non-free
(i.e. restricting commercial _paper_ printing to require their written
permission) until they publish a book as it is in this case. So, they
should be left alone until they are ready for GPL.

Are my assessments correct?

Thank you!


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