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Re: GR Proposal: GFDL statement

await@genetics.med.harvard.edu wrote:
>   I'm
> also working with Wikipedia, CC, & FSF on licensing issues.  I'm an
> academic scientist.   I run a 70 processor cluster (Debian stable &
> OpenSSI.) I do synthetic biology.  I work on Personal Genomics; my
> mentor's article about the work is the cover story for January's
> Scientific American.   I hate proprietary academic publishing, so, 
> I'd like to see a "pipeline" from Academic Wikis to Academic Journals
> to Wikipedia.  That pipeline will almost certainly be GFDL/CC-BY-SA. 
> It's really sad to see blood boil over these licenses.  Since I am
> talking to people at FSF & CC regularly, I would be more than happy to
> bring Debian concerns to both groups in a, hopefuly, productive
> fashion.    If there's a desire for that, just get in touch with me.

I believe we already have a working group working with CC, and according to 
them it's going well and CC is totally cooperative; CC-BY and CC-BY-SA should 
be free licenses in their next revision, we believe.  I have no idea why 
these things take so long or are done so secretively, but all's well that 
ends well, right?

As for the GFDL, its problems are well documented.
Feel free to add your voice to the many communicating these license "bugs" to 
the FSF.  Our hope is that we can get the license fixed up so that GFDL docs 
*without* invariant sections are DFSG-free, since there doesn't seem to be a 
fundamental difference of opinion there.  Regarding invariant sections, there 
appears to be a fundamental and perhaps irreconcilable difference of opinion 
between Debian and RMS (I won't say between Debian and the FSF, because most 
GNU contributors I know are on Debian's side here.)

The FSF unfortunately has been less than helpful.  Supposedly there is a 
secret committee of Debian people talking with the FSF about it, but we have 
heard no news of progress.  Meanwhile GNU documentation suffers because many 
contributors (like me) will not contribute substantial work to 
solely-GFDL-licensed documentation.

Nathanael Nerode  <neroden@twcny.rr.com>

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