[python-advocacy] Advocacy Materials License and Web Frameworks Whitepaper
sdeibel at wingware.com
Thu Dec 14 19:01:51 CET 2006
On Wed, 13 Dec 2006, Jeff Rush wrote:
> Paul, it definitely is a desirable thing and while I follow software licenses,
> apparently I'm not current on the various licensing issues for documentation.
> Researching a bit, I see some good explanation of the various documentation
> licenses at:
> I've changed the text on wiki.python.org to link to this page, and also
> recommend the GNU Free Documentation License. If anyone has strong opinions
> on such licenses, please speak up.
Some more info on this. I asked whether any of the PSF directors
care about the license and Andrew Kuchling pointed me to:
It claims the GFDL "it is fundamentally incompatible with any
free software license whatsoever" because its restrictions make
it impossible to "borrow text from a GFDL's manual and
incorporate it in any free software program whatsoever."
The key issues are overly broad language that ends up prohibiting
common things like encrypting docs in your own disk, distributing
something like a postscript or PDF file, or making excerpts when
parts of a document are declared to be "invariant" by the author.
Apparently the DFSG FAQ recommends using the same license as the
software for its documentation, which might argue for PSFv2.
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