Hi everyone, I was reviewing the status of #238245 ("Debian web site is licensed under the OPL which is not considered DFSG-free") and see that there have been no actions since October last year and no discussion at debian-www. In summary: The web pages license content should be changed from the OPL (non DFSG-free) to some other license (DFSG-free). As it is, the current content is not GPL compatible (so it cannot be reused, for example, in documentation produced by the DDP project). This issue was brought up last in October 2005 to the SPI board and they said (based on the IRC log  there doesn't seem to be any minutes) that debian-www should tell them what to do. I don't find any other references to this in the SPI Board archives. So, Here's the plan I propose: a) a proper license should be decided for the website. I suggest using a BSD-style license. The attached license is such a license. It is based on the FreeBSD documentation license  and explicitely mentions translations. In our case (the website) the 'source code' is the wml, but I leave references to other sources (SGML, XML) that might apply to other documentation that the website might hold. b) old contributors to the web site (i.e. all that have had CVS access to the WWW CVS are for the past 10 years) should be contacted and ask to agree to this license change. c) a note should be added to the Debian site (as a News item?) describing the license change (and the reasons for the change) and giving a 6 month period for comments. d) new contributors during that period should be asked to agree to the license change and to transfer (c) to SPI (GPG/PGP signed e-mail would be a requisite for contributing, a paper trail would be even best) e) from here on access to the CVS of the website should be given after clearly stating (and getting and agreement) that any and all contributions to the CVS, unless specified otherwise with clear (c) statements in the code, will be (c) SPI and will be considered "work under contract" Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Who can help digging out a list of contributors and preparing an explanatory e-mail and license change notice for the website? Let's please solve this once and for all. Regards Javier  http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/ddp-policy/ch-common.en.html#s2.2  http://www.spi-inc.org/secretary/minutes/20051018.txt  http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-doc-license.html
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