Re: Copyright on list archives

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sun Aug 17 2003 - 17:09:07 CDT

Arthur Keller <> wrote:
|Placing our messages in the public domain is fine with me. Do we
|want also to assert that the documentation is in the public domain,
|or that it is GPL?

I would probably say yes on the PD documentation too. But I'm flexible,
as long as it is an Open approach.

The GPL itself is not particularly well targetted to documentation.
Concepts like compiling, linking, etc. that appear in the GPL don't have
any particular meaning for documents. The FSF suggests the GNU Free
Documentation License instead, which serves the same general purpose.
However, I'm not really worried about someone forking a proprietary set
of documentation if the code is GPL... such a thing would be allowed by
PD, but there does not seem to be a harm in that (I guess someone could
sell an "aftermarket" book to elections officials).

Yours, David...

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