Re: FAQ copyright? (I suggest Creative Commons' licenses)

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Thu Dec 25 2003 - 09:16:18 CST

On Wed, 24 Dec 2003, David Mertz wrote:

> For code, we agreed on the almost-GPL license EVMPL... and I *do* feel
> strongly about that.

That agreement should be reviewed by someone who really and deeply
understands the GPL. By my lights, the GPL doesn't mesh with the concept
of "almost".

As I understand it, under the GPL you can make neither changes nor
additions. So my understanding is that for GPL code, it is either 100%
GPL or 0% GPL. There's no way to do either 99% or 101% GPL.

One of the things I like about the Creative Commons licenses for written
documents is that, unlike code, there is a greater custom of asking for,
and giving, permission. In addition, the concept of fair use is more
clearly understood with respect to written texts than it is for code.


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