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Re: GFDL freedoms

Matthew Wilcox <matthew@wil.cx> writes:

> This is actually the fourth draft, but wanted to polish it a bit before
> everyone got to see it:
> http://people.debian.org/~willy/dfdocg-0.4.txt

Nice piece of work, thanks!

> I expect controversy over section 4 primarily with perhaps minor complaints
> about 2, 3 and 10.  Let me explain my reasoning a little:
> I approach this primarily from a pragmatic point of view (from a "our
> priorities are our users and free software" PoV if you want to think in
> terms of the social contract).  The GNU manuals are useful and important.
> They have always had the restriction on being able to remove the GNU
> manifesto and it really wasn't a problem until the GFDL put the issue
> in everybody's face.  Of course there is the tension between that and "a
> reasonable licence to pass on to our users".

I think that since we have always kept manual with the previous license
in main, it would be indeed unfair not to act the same way with
GFDL manuals.

That said, I guess that there are differences between program authorship
and documentation authorship, in a legal sense (for instance, manuals
are likely to be printed) and this may be roots of justification of
invariant sections. Would you have more details?


Jérôme Marant


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