Re: GPL - "specifying" the preferred form for modification
Glenn Maynard wrote:
> The GPL very deliberately does not specify
> the preferred form for modification, and authors shouldn't do so (at
> least not in a legally-binding way or an attempt to "interpret" the GPL).
Right. I think there is no harm in saying "My preferred form for modification
is the texinfo source", as long as it is *not* a legally-binding change. We
have suggested such things to make things clearer for people who are
uncomfortable and fearful about the use of the phrase "source code" for
documentation, so as indicate that it is a meaningful phrase. We do not want
such statements to act as a restriction.
> Note, also, that the GPL says "preferred form for modification", not
> "the form for modification preferred by the original author".
Indeed. Specifying the form the original author preferred should not act as a
restriction, then, right?
> This has come up several times, so I'm CCing licensing@fsf to get their
> take on this. FSF folks: please ignore the documentation aspect above;
> I'm interested in the general problem of people "specifying" the preferred
> form for modification, which I believe is tantamount to placing an
> restriction beyond the GPL. Let me know if I'm way off base.
Again, when I've suggested this, I have suggested such a "specification"
merely as a hint for people who are confused by the use of the phrase "source
code" for documentation, *not* as a restriction. I suspect the same is true
of other debian-legal regulars who have suggested this sort of