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Re: GFDL GR: Amendment: invariant-less in main v2

On Thu, Feb 09, 2006 at 06:26:27AM +0100, Adeodato Simó wrote:
>Debian and the GNU Free Documentation License
>This is the position of the Debian Project about the GNU Free Documentation
>License as published by the Free Software Foundation:
>  1. We consider that the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2
>     conflicts with traditional requirements for free software, since it
>     allows for non-removable, non-modifiable parts to be present in
>     documents licensed under it. Such parts are commonly referred to as
>     "invariant sections", and are described in Section 4 of the GFDL.
>     As modifiability is a fundamental requirement of the Debian Free
>     Software Guidelines, this restriction is not acceptable for us, and
>     we cannot accept in our distribution works that include such
>     unmodifiable content.
>  2. At the same time, we also consider that works licensed under the
>     GNU Free Documentation License that include no invariant sections
>     do fully meet the requirements of the Debian Free Software
>     Guidelines.
>     This means that works that don't include any Invariant Sections,
>     Cover Texts, Acknowledgements, and Dedications (or that do, but
>     permission to remove them is explicitly granted), are suitable for
>     the main component of our distribution.
>  3. Despite the above, GFDL'd documentation is still not free of
>     trouble, even for works with no invariant sections: as an example,
>     it is incompatible with the major free software licenses, which
>     means that GFDL'd text can't be incorporated into free programs.
>     For this reason, we encourage documentation authors to license
>     their works (or dual-license, together with the GFDL) under the
>     same terms as the software they refer to, or any of the traditional
>     free software licenses like the the GPL or the BSD license.


Aníbal Monsalve Salazar
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