FDL requirements for original author
Alfred M. Szmidt
ams at gnu.org
Fri Feb 8 22:07:44 UTC 2008
The question is: Given a dozen of simply formatted text documents,
given they'll all carry the same license, given most of them will
but a few will not come with the .tex, given the author wants
anyone to have the 4 freedoms (as conveniently as possible under
this restrictions), is it better to put "All rights reserved"
(status quo), a CC license or the FDL?
`a CC license' includes a class of non-free documentation licenses
that for example prohibit you from using them commercially, and other
nasty things. `All rights reserved' is also a non-free documentation
license as well, so the only choice is really the GNU Free
One position is "if it's not ultimately free, dismiss it." (And
some count FDL as *non*free.) I rather support "make it as free as
possible. Then keep improving."
They count it as a non-free _software_ license, which it is true,
since it isn't a software license to begin with; it is a documentation
license, and a free one at that.
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