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Re: license change for POSIX manpages

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Andrew Suffield wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 08, 2004 at 04:32:11PM -0700, Andre Lehovich wrote:
>> The latest version (1.67, 20 May 2004) now allows
>> modification, "so long as any conflicts with the standard
>> are clearly marked as such in the text".
> This seems to be reasonable. It's also right up against the line - a
> stronger requirement would be a problem.
I explained why I think it's non-free....

> I'm not really comfortable 
> with it, and would be happier if it said something like:
> "If modifications are made which conflict with the standard, then
> either these modifications must be clearly marked, or references to
> the standard must be removed, such that the resulting work does not
> misrepresent the standard."

Kudos to Andrew for coming up with such a good expression of a free version
of the same clause.  Basically, for the manpages to be Free, you should be
able to use them for totally non-POSIX purposes, and with the clause as
written, it seems that you can't.

I hope IEEE would be willing to change that, since they were willing to
change the license once.  :-)

This actually seems to be a recurring blind spot in people who think they're
writing free licenses; they only consider the most common reason for making
derivative works of their work, and accidentally prohibit or put ridiculous
restrictions on making other derivative works.  Perhaps it deserves a FAQ?

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

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