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Re: The draft Position statement on the GFDL

Raul Miller wrote:
> On Wed, May 12, 2004 at 03:25:16AM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
>>No. If I create any variation of the context, then the statement
>>immediately stops being true when placed in the variated context.
> Except that you can easily create varied contexts where the
> statement is true.
>>>Here's another example of how this sentence that bothers you so much
>>>can be made to be true: send the FSF $1 dollar for their permission to
>>>print the book.
>>No. That would have nothing to do with the factual correctness of the
>>claim that the FSF publishes copies.
> That also has several solutions -- become a part of the FSF, or provide
> a disclaimer describing the issue.

None of those solve the problem of making the license Free.

> That said, is this statement one that's in use on any books provided
> by the FSF?  I'd be much happier discussing this statement if I could
> read it.

>From the GCC manual at http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/ :
> This file documents the use of the GNU compilers.
> Published by the Free Software Foundation
> 59 Temple Place - Suite 330
> Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA
> Copyright © 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
> 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
> under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or
> any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with the
> Invariant Sections being "GNU General Public License" and "Funding Free
> Software", the Front-Cover texts being (a) (see below), and with the
> Back-Cover Texts being (b) (see below). A copy of the license is
> included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".
> (a) The FSF's Front-Cover Text is:
> A GNU Manual
> (b) The FSF's Back-Cover Text is:
> You have freedom to copy and modify this GNU Manual, like GNU software.
> Copies published by the Free Software Foundation raise funds for GNU
> development.

- Josh Triplett

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