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Re: Which license for a documentation?

Måns Rullgård wrote:

Nathanael Nerode <neroden@twcny.rr.com> writes:

Måns Rullgård wrote:
Wordings like "please" don't seem to carry much legal value, so I
suppose it might even be GPL compatible, though I guess some would
frown upon the request for credit.

Nobody here would do so, just so you know.  :-)

Isn't that what the fuss about the "obnoxious advertising clause" of
the old BSD (and new XF86) licence is all about?

The difference here is that this license requests that the user give credit, while the OAC requires giving credit in order to distribute the work.

In legal terms, the difference between 'please do this' and 'you must do this' is huge: 'please do this' clauses are requests, not conditions, and do not form part of the license. Requests are not legally binding at all; they are a courtesy to the author, not a condition for distributing the work.
Lewis Jardine

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