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[Fwd: Re: Bug#304316: section non-free/doc]

Hi all.

License of documents in gnu-standards restrict modification documents. And reason easily undestanded, standard can't be called standard if can be modified by everyone.

IMHO incorrect implement DFSG to any documentation due to DFSG is "Debian Free _Software_ Guidelines" and designed especially for software. However restriction of modification documents correlate with "Integrity of The Author's Source Code" in DFSG.

Precedent "Copyright of the Linux Filesystem Standard (FSSTND)". Distributed in package debian-policy, section main. Quote:

The following restrictions apply to reproducing or transmitting the
document in any form:
   o No portion of this document may be redistributed in any modified or
     abridged form without the prior approval of the FSSTND coordinator.

Any entities seeking permission to distribute any material derived
from this document (other than verbatim copies) must contact the
FSSTND coordinator for the appropriate license.

End quote. As I can undestand this license prevent modifing standard. And anyone must request "the appropriate license" to modify.

Can you resolve such weakness and add "Debian Free Document Guidelines" to Debian Policy?

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Bug#304316: section non-free/doc
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 12:24:57 -0400
From: Simon Law <sfllaw@debian.org>
To: Olleg Samoylov <olleg@mipt.ru>, 304316-close@bugs.debian.org
References: <20050412094401.539C4252B8641@petrel.telecom.mipt.ru>

On Tue, Apr 12, 2005 at 01:44:01PM +0400, Olleg Samoylov wrote:
Package: gnu-standards
Version: 2005.03.08
Severity: minor

Packet in section: non-free/doc.
But license in /usr/share/doc/gnu-standards/copyright is free.

I'm afraid that the GNU Free Documentation License is not DFSG-free.
This is why we have moved the GNU coding and makefile standards to

I'm also afraid that the Maintainers' Guide also has a non-free license,
even by the FSF's admission.  This is why we have moved that document to


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