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Re: Choosing a License: GNU APL? AFL 3.0?



On Tue, 1 Jan 2008 15:20:27 +0000 Sean B. Palmer wrote:

> On Jan 1, 2008 10:39 AM, Francesco Poli wrote:
> 
> > (typo: my name is Francesco, not Francisco...)
> 
> Argh, sorry. Too much Hamlet!

Heh!  ;-)

> 
> I've expanded the article this morning, and corrected the typo.

I haven't had the time to fully re-read it, but I noticed something: the
document is released under the terms of CC-by-nd-v2.0, which is utterly
non-free.
I wonder why you want to be so permissive with your programs, while you
decide to be so restrictive with this document...  :-(

I always recommend against any Creative Commons license.
v1.0, v2.0 and v2.5 licenses fail to meet the DFSG:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/04/msg00031.html
http://people.debian.org/~evan/ccsummary.html
My opinion is that v3.0 licenses also fail to meet the DFSG:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2007/03/msg00105.html
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2007/09/msg00176.html
On the other hand, other people (including the FTP masters) seem to
disagree with me and think that CC-by-v3.0 and CC-by-sa-v3.0 meet the
DFSG...  :-(


Disclaimers again: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.


[...]
> > Secondly, I think that the license text says "the above copyright
> > notice" just because it is designed to be included verbatim in
> > each file.
> 
> People don't include it verbatim in each file, though. James Clark
> doesn't do that in Expat, for example!
> 
> "See the file copying.txt for copying permission."
> - e.g. expat/xmlparse/xmlparse.c

Interesting, I wasn't aware of that...

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