Re: DFSG#3 (was Re: The draft Position statement on the GFDL)
Raul Miller wrote:
>> > What it actually says isn't enough for our purposes -- you could say
>> > it's too tolerant of licensing problems.
> On Fri, May 14, 2004 at 05:59:25PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
>> OK. I would interpret it as meaning "must allow most modifications and
>> derived works".
>> > Unfortunately, the way that
>> > we express how it's interpreted is also inadequate -- what we say we do
>> > is actually less tolerant than what we actually implement.
>> What we say we do is something like this:
>> * prohibit most substantive restrictions on the content of derived works
>> * allow restrictions which appear not to be substantive
>> * allow requirements which prohibit things which would be illegal even if
>> the original work were in the public domain
>> * allow requirements that certain things accompany the distribution of
>> the derived work, but not (in general) requirements that those things be
>> *in* the derived work.
>> * allow requirements that certain accurate legal notices be present in
>> the derived work, provided that they don't substantively obstruct the
>> ability to make the derived work serve whatever purpose you want
>> * allow requirements that certain attributions be present in the derived
>> work, provided that they don't substantively obstruct the ability to make
>> the derived work serve whatever purpose you want
>> Does that sound reasonable?
> That seems like very good coverage of this issue.
> Do we say this somewhere? [I've seen other people say things which would
> contradict these points, and would like to have something to refer to
> in the future.]
Huh. Thinking about it, we don't. :-/ Thanks very much for pointing that
Um, whoever did the debian-legal web page (since my memory is terrible),
would you consider putting this summary on a page linked to it?
I release all copyright interests in that summary to the public domain, so
as to clear up any potential problems there.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.