Licence compliance with GFDL audio recordings?

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Mon Apr 21 22:28:56 UTC 2008

"David Gerard" <dgerard at> writes:

> I have a question about the GFDL and audio recordings of GFDL text
> (for accessibility, podcasts, etc): how does one comply with the GFDL
> in an audio version of a text?
> Does it really require the entire license also read out?

This question was raised during the FDL drafting process (but I don't
have a reference, sorry), and never satisfactorily addressed. It's yet
another area where the FDL effectively makes a work non-free for many
uses, and another reason to recommend against its use.

My advice would be to convince the copyright holder to re-license the
work under something more sane, like the GPL v2. That, at least,
doesn't require the license terms to be included in the redistributed

> (We've also asked licensing at, but I was
> wondering if anyone has dealt with this before. Also, a response in
> less than three months would be useful. Also, if they answer "you
> should read the licence text and consult your lawyer", I swear I'm
> going to nuke Boston - our lawyer is Mike Godwin and he says it
> makes his head hurt.)

I feel your pain.

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Ben Finney

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