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Re: Manpages licensed under GFDL without the license text included



On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 14:25:37 +1300 Nick Phillips wrote:

> The fact that we have conveniently
> ignored this problem when dealing with the GPL and BSD licenses so far
> does not make it go away.

It is my understanding that Debian packages refer to the GPL text in
/usr/share/common-licenses/ because the GPL license requires us to
*accompany* the compiled form with the license text, rather than going
beyond and requiring that the license text be *included* in the compiled
form (that is fairly more demanding).

Similarly the BSD license (2, 3 or 4 clause version) requires:

| 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
|    notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
|    documentation and/or other materials provided with the
                          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
|    distribution.

As a tangent, it must be noted that /usr/share/common-licenses/BSD is
usually not exploited as a target for license reference, as it is a
particular (rather than general) instance of the 3-clause BSD license:
it names "The Regents of the University of California" as the copyright
holders...

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