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Re: License of old GNU Emacs manual

On Wed, Jan 05, 2005 at 12:12:42AM +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On the other hand, I find the idea of post-installation modification
> interesting. I think we'd want to talk to a lawyer first, though.
> Preferably several.

I vaguely recall that we raised this issue with the FSF and they
expressed the opinion that they would consider it a breach of the GFDL
if the stuff displayed to the user was not the exact invariant
form. So the GFDL does not qualify for the patches-only clause.

All possible ways in which the GFDL could be suborned to be DFSG-free
have been explored at length, years ago. We eventually concluded that
it was watertight and the FSF did indeed intend to create a
non-DFSG-free license.

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