[linux-elitists] Open-sourcing a book
Thu Mar 22 13:03:19 PST 2001
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> I'd also check licensing of current HOWTOs. I believe some are simply
> GPLd, despite the round hole/square peg fit of SW licenses to content.
Michael Stutz, in "Applying Copyleft to Non-Software Information"
The GNU GPL states that it "applies to any program or other work which
contains a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may be
distributed under the terms of this General Public License," so this
"Program," then, may not necessarily be a computer software program --
any work of any nature that can be copyrighted can be copylefted with
the GNU GPL.
The GNU GPL references the "source code" of a work; this "source code"
will mean different things for different kinds of information, but the
definition of "source code" -- provided in the GNU GPL -- holds true in
any case: "The source code for a work means the preferred form of the
work for making modifications to it."
Cheers, Right to keep and bear
Rick Moen Haiku shall not be abridged
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