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Re: GPL for documentation ?

Daniel Carrera wrote:
> Humberto Massa wrote:
>>Yes, you could start with "this document is (C) its contributors as
>>defined in the file AUTHORS" ...
> Okay, how about this :
>   This document is (C) 2004 its contributors as defined in the section
>   titled AUTHORS. This document is released under the terms of the GNU
>   General Public License (http://...), or under the terms of the Creative
>   Commons Attribution License (http://...), at the option of any part
>   receiving it.
> So, the document would have a section (e.g. an appendix) with a list of
> contributors. This should meet the requirements of both the GPL and CC-BY,
> while making it easy for other people to meet the requirements also.
> They'd only have one file to distribute to maintain attribution.

Two suggestions:

* The GNU GPL and the CC-BY both have several versions.  For the GPL,
you should explicitly say "GNU General Public License, version 2", or
"GNU General Public License, version 2 or later".  For the CC-BY, do
something similar, depending on the versions you want.

* "(C)" has no legal significance; only "Copyright" and a C in a circle
do.  Use the full word "Copyright".

Also, for the URLs, <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html> works for the
GPL, though in the ideal case you should include a copy of the GPL with
the work.

Other than that, it looks fine.

- Josh Triplett

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