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Re: Compatibility between CC licenses and the GPL

On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 10:46:09PM -0800, Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> > In the case of GNU Emacs, for example, there is a problem.  Code has
> > been copied from the program (GPL'd) to the manual (GFDL'd).  The
> > manual is a derived work of a GPL'd work, but is distributed only
> > under the GFDL.  The FSF may legally do this *only* because they own
> > the copyright on all of the code in Emacs and on all of the text in
> > the manual.  Nobody else has the freedom to modify the system of
> > code+manual in the ways that the FSF routinely uses.
> Actually, that's not entirely true.  To the extent that a chunk of
> published code is purely functional and lacking in "creative
> expression", or meets either the "de minimis" or the "fair use"
> standard of affirmative defense,

Not valid in many jurisdictions. Nothing that relies on this to be
free can be considered acceptable by Debian, or anybody else who works

[Rest of the argument fails with this removed]

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