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Re: The draft Position statement on the GFDL

Raul Miller wrote:

> On Mon, May 03, 2004 at 01:18:51PM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
>> You really need to look at an "as amended" copy of the act. One such
>> copy is at http://www.jenkins-ip.com/patlaw/index1.htm
> Thanks, that's a good reference, and the changes from the version I was
> looking at were... rather extensive.
> However, I don't see anything in that reference which lets a copyright
> license dictate terms of use.
> As near as I can tell, the GFDL can refuse to grant copyright permissions
> -- if someone uses technical measures to prevent others from reading
> or copying some GFDL document, then that person might lose the right to
> make further copies.  However, the GFDL can't revoke ownership of a copy
> which was obtained legally.

Correct.  I think that matches 'first sale' doctrine?  Unfortunately, it's
off topic.  The DFSG are intended to make sure that users of the Debian
system have a particular reasonable collection of rights, and the GFDL
apparently doesn't grant those rights, in that it doesn't grant the right
to make private copies and keep them private.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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