Re: DRAFT summary of the OPL; feedback requested
> 1) Draft summaries should clearly be marked.
> 2) The first sentence (which is a paragraph by itself) clearly states
> the conclusion, and includes the full name, including version number,
> of the license.
> 3) The reasons for the conclusion follow in list form.
> 4) Each reason includes a reference to the relevant portion of the
> 5) An optional section titled "Suggestions" follows the list of reasons.
> It includes d-l's suggestions on how to resolve the problem(s).
> 6) A URL for the original license is included.
> 7) The full text of the license is included at the end.
Since no one's objected, I'll replace #4 with:
4) Each reason should refer explicitly to the freedom that is
restricted, and how it is restricted. Including the DFSG section
number is not necessary.
If/when we set up a debian-legal web page, something like this can be
included so that people know what to expect in the summary (and so that
we have a reference for writing summaries).
> - Aggregate works must include a note that it contains OPL work. This
> is presumably fine, as it seems to be met simply by including this
> license along with the OPL work. Is this worth clarification?
> - A reference to the original, unmodified version must be included. This
> has come up before, but I've forgotten the conclusion. Does it
> violate the Dessert Island test, as the guy on the island may not know
> where the document came from...?
I'm going to skip the first point here, unless someone wants to make a
case for it. After thinking about it, I'm convinced the second point is
a problem, though, so I'll include that.
I'll give this new version another couple of days, and if there's been
no objection I'll post a real (non-draft) version on Friday (hopefully
to be included on any debian-legal license page, which I think is an
Below is a new version of the summary, with the original quoted ('> ')
and additions/changes quoted with '+ '.
> --- Begin *DRAFT* Debian-legal summary of the OPL ---
> Debian-legal has concluded that the OPL (Open Publication License) v1.0
> is not a DFSG-free license.
> - It requires the original publisher and author to appear on all outer
> surfaces of a paper copy, and defines how they should appear. This is
> a significant restriction on modification (DFSG #3).
Change (remove the DFSG reference):
+ - It requires the original publisher and author to appear on all outer
+ surfaces of a paper copy, and defines how they should appear. This is
+ a significant restriction on modification.
> - The person who makes any modifications must be identified. According
> to the Dissident Test this violates DFSG #3 as well.
Change (remove DFSG reference & refer to the DFSG FAQ for the Dissident
+ - The person who makes any modifications must be identified. According
+ to the Dissident Test this is an unacceptable restriction on
+ modification. (See the DFSG FAQ for a description of the Dissident
Then add the following:
+ - A reference to the original, unmodified version must be included in
+ any modified versions. This may not be known or available, and may be
+ impossible under certain circumstances (e.g., the document is included
+ as help text in a binary). This is an unacceptable restriction on
> As a copyleft license for documents debian-legal suggests the GPL with
> the optional addition of explanatory text (text which is not part of the
> license) explaining that the author believes the preferred form for
> making modifications (i.e., source) to be an electronic version in the
> original format.
> If the goal is a compromise between allowing paper-only versions and
> copyleft, debian-legal suggests using the GPL with an additional
> exception to the source distribution requirement for small-scale or
> non-commercial distribution. As always, it's best if the exception can
> be dropped at the choice of the recipient, so as to maintain GPL
> NOTE: The above is not legal advice. If you need legal advice you
> should contact an attorney.
> The latest version of the Open Publication License can be found at:
> It is included below in full.
And add the link to the DFSG FAQ. This will have to be changed if we
move the FAQ to an official location:
> --- End *DRAFT* debian-legal summary ---
> Open Publication License
> v1.0, 8 June 1999
> I. REQUIREMENTS ON BOTH UNMODIFIED AND MODIFIED VERSIONS
> The Open Publication works may be reproduced and distributed in whole or in
> part, in any medium physical or electronic, provided that the terms of this
> license are adhered to, and that this license or an incorporation of it by
> reference (with any options elected by the author(s) and/or publisher) is
> displayed in the reproduction.
> Proper form for an incorporation by reference is as follows:
> Copyright (c) <year> by <author's name or designee>. This material may be
> distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Open
> Publication License, vX.Y or later (the latest version is presently
> available at http://www.opencontent.org/openpub/).
> The reference must be immediately followed with any options elected by the
> author(s) and/or publisher of the document (see section VI).
> Commercial redistribution of Open Publication-licensed material is permitted.
> Any publication in standard (paper) book form shall require the citation of
> the original publisher and author. The publisher and author's names shall
> appear on all outer surfaces of the book. On all outer surfaces of the book
> the original publisher's name shall be as large as the title of the work and
> cited as possessive with respect to the title.
> II. COPYRIGHT
> The copyright to each Open Publication is owned by its author(s) or designee.
> III. SCOPE OF LICENSE
> The following license terms apply to all Open Publication works, unless
> otherwise explicitly stated in the document.
> Mere aggregation of Open Publication works or a portion of an Open Publication
> work with other works or programs on the same media shall not cause this
> license to apply to those other works. The aggregate work shall contain a
> notice specifying the inclusion of the Open Publication material and
> appropriate copyright notice.
> SEVERABILITY. If any part of this license is found to be unenforceable in any
> jurisdiction, the remaining portions of the license remain in force.
> NO WARRANTY. Open Publication works are licensed and provided "as is" without
> warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the
> implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or
> a warranty of non-infringement.
> IV. REQUIREMENTS ON MODIFIED WORKS
> All modified versions of documents covered by this license, including
> translations, anthologies, compilations and partial documents, must meet the
> following requirements:
> 1. The modified version must be labeled as such.
> 2. The person making the modifications must be identified and the
> modifications dated.
> 3. Acknowledgement of the original author and publisher if applicable must be
> retained according to normal academic citation practices.
> 4. The location of the original unmodified document must be identified.
> 5. The original author's (or authors') name(s) may not be used to assert or
> imply endorsement of the resulting document without the original author's
> (or authors') permission.
> V. GOOD-PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS
> In addition to the requirements of this license, it is requested from and
> strongly recommended of redistributors that:
> 1. If you are distributing Open Publication works on hardcopy or CD-ROM, you
> provide email notification to the authors of your intent to redistribute
> at least thirty days before your manuscript or media freeze, to give the
> authors time to provide updated documents. This notification should
> describe modifications, if any, made to the document.
> 2. All substantive modifications (including deletions) be either clearly
> marked up in the document or else described in an attachment to the
> 3. Finally, while it is not mandatory under this license, it is considered
> good form to offer a free copy of any hardcopy and CD-ROM expression of an
> Open Publication-licensed work to its author(s).
> VI. LICENSE OPTIONS
> The author(s) and/or publisher of an Open Publication-licensed document may
> elect certain options by appending language to the reference to or copy of the
> license. These options are considered part of the license instance and must be
> included with the license (or its incorporation by reference) in derived
> A. To prohibit distribution of substantively modified versions without the
> explicit permission of the author(s). "Substantive modification" is defined as
> a change to the semantic content of the document, and excludes mere changes in
> format or typographical corrections.
> To accomplish this, add the phrase `Distribution of substantively modified
> versions of this document is prohibited without the explicit permission of the
> copyright holder.' to the license reference or copy.
> B. To prohibit any publication of this work or derivative works in whole or in
> part in standard (paper) book form for commercial purposes is prohibited
> unless prior permission is obtained from the copyright holder.
> To accomplish this, add the phrase 'Distribution of the work or derivative of
> the work in any standard (paper) book form is prohibited unless prior
> permission is obtained from the copyright holder.' to the license reference or
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