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Re: GFDL Statistics

On Sun, 4 Dec 2005 05:33:34 -0800 (PST) Charles Farley wrote:

> I'm hoping someone will take a breath to clarify a concern I have
> about the GFDL, a question to which I have not been able to find a
> specific answer elsewhere:
>  If someone collects a set of numerical statistics of a GFDL document,
>  must that set of statistics *also* be under the GFDL? In other words
>  -- would the statistics be "raw data" and not under the GFDL, or
>  would they be something like a "derived work"?
>  If you'd like the more context: The issue arises from word occurrence
>  counting for an automatic translation system. (The word
>  "Debian"appears X times in the entire "/usr/share/doc" hierarchy of
>  unstable, blah blah.)

If I understand correctly what you mean, you are talking about
statistics automatically generated by a specific program that counts
words in the document, or something similar.

If this is the case, I would say there's no creativity in the statistics
generation process.
Probably no creative expression from the original document ends up in
the statitics, either.
Then, the statistics are not eligible for copyright protection, that is
to say, they are not copyrighted.

What do others think?

    :-(   This Universe is buggy! Where's the Creator's BTS?   ;-)
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