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Re: GFDL freedoms

On Fri, Apr 15, 2005 at 03:10:48PM -0700, Adam McKenna wrote:
> I'm not sure what you're asking, but the point was that you don't need the
> author's permission, or a license, to use quotes or cite portions of a text
> in another work.  I can go to a library and look in books and use information
> from those books to write a paper.  I can do the same thing with a document
> that has been released under the GFDL.

There are many jurisdictions without the US's concept of "fair use".  Freedoms
depending on fair use are not sufficient for Debian--a license with non-free
restrictions is not typically considered free because those restrictions are
believed to be unenforcable in certain jurisdictions.

(It might be claimed that this lack of fair use is a peculiarity of local
law, which Debian doesn't usually concern itself with, but I'm under the
general impression that "fair use" itself is the peculiarity, not the lack
of it, or at least that the implementation of fair use in different places
differs too widely to base anything off of the US's particular version.)

Glenn Maynard

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