[linux-elitists] Open-sourcing a book
Thu Mar 22 13:21:22 PST 2001
on Thu, Mar 22, 2001 at 01:03:19PM -0800, Rick Moen (email@example.com) wrote:
> begin firstname.lastname@example.org quotation:
> > 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.
> Common misconception.
> Michael Stutz, in "Applying Copyleft to Non-Software Information"
> (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/nonsoftware-copyleft.html), explains:
> 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."
The issue is less one of being _unable_ to apply the GPL to a
non-software work, and more one of there being issues in non-software
works which are (significantly) different from software. Either
portions of the GPL which don't make much sense (what's source code or
operating system for a text?) or which the GPL doesn't address.
Hence the FSF's own efforts to create documentation licenses.
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? There is no K5 cabal
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