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Re: Interpreting the GFDL GR

Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> writes:
> Scripsit Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>

>> I think your suggestion is the best chance at making sense of the GR
>> that I've seen so far, but I would make one change: it *should* in fact
>> be applicable only to the GFDL.
> Doing so would mean that we'd need to have a separate GR for each
> problematic license we encounter. We have to try to extract some
> general principles from it, or everything becomes a farce.

Why?  If the GR stated general principles that would be reasonable, but
it didn't.  Attributing general principles to those who voted for the GR
-- many of whom probably voted as they did for different reasons --
isn't justified.

If this is essentially a judgement call by the developers the only
reasonable course would be to go back for another GR if another such
case comes up.

>> One could interpret the GR as a judgement call on the part of the
>> developers that we will give the FSF the benefit of the doubt in
>> this case.  As such, it's not reasonable to extend that same benefit
>> to other licenses or license authors without another GR that covers
>> those cases as well.
> I am strongly opposed to give the FSF any particular benefit of doubt
> that does not apply to equally other licensors. In my opinion the
> actions of the FSF in recent years have shown that they are not worthy
> of such a singular benefit.

Clearly, the developers as a whole (as expressed in the GR) disagree
with you.  Personally, my trust in the FSF has been seriously damaged by
this affair as well.  Perhaps we on d-l didn't argue our case
effectively -- not unlikely, if others here feel as exhausted of the
subject as I do.  For whatever reason, the developers as a whole feel
that we should read the GFDL generously.  But they specifically didn't
say anything about any other license.

Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
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