Copyright of the desktop configuration specification (careful, here be dragons)

Jim Gettys jg at
Wed Oct 5 15:15:33 EEST 2005


I gather a new license may be available sometime soon given all the
problems with the GFDL and some correspondence I've had.

Is there any hurry to do much of anything at all?

					- jim

On Wed, 2005-10-05 at 01:18 +0200, Philip Van Hoof wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 19:41 +0200, Lauri Watts wrote:
> > On Tuesday 04 October 2005 19.03, C. Gatzemeier wrote:
> > 
> > If you want to use the GFDL (and it's a good license, it takes care of the 
> > special needs of writers quite nicely) then you might simply use a version of 
> > the license notice that is unequivocal:
> > 
> > "Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under 
> > the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later 
> > version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant 
> > Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of 
> > the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation 
> > License".
> > 
> > This is the version we have been happily using for KDE docs for 5 odd years 
> > now, and other than the occasional debian user (note, never developer, 
> > lawyer, or other informed party) who writes to me in a snit, is easily 
> > mollified by the explanation that the objectionable bits are outlawed from 
> > inclusion by the very license notice in use.  
> Right. This is exactly what I was thinking about as a temporary
> solution. 
> So .. until there's a very very good copyright template or document
> specifically meant for specifications written with a free software
> philosophy in mind, I'm going to use the GNU Free Documentation License
> with all the objectionable bits outlawed from inclusion. I'm probably
> simply going to copy the COPYING file of one of the KDE documentation
> projects :-p. If Debian already accepted that, there's no need to try
> reinventing the wheel.
> Later I might decide to change the copyright of later versions of the
> document to a more suitable copyright. So if you are planning to
> contribute to the document, keep in mind that some day I'll ask you
> whether or not it's okay for you to release your contributions under the
> terms of that new (more suitable) copyright.
> I already decided that all the samples and the DTD schemas are in the
> public domain and everybody and every entity in this universe is hereby
> allowed to use the samples and schemas for any purpose imaginable.
> Including rebranding, cooking meals, burning houses or crashing cars. If
> you can use the samples for that, that's so cool! Go ahead. (But do note
> that I'm not accountable for your actions).
> My plans for an implementation (I'm already working on something,
> indeed) are to release the implementation as GPL. But everybody is, of
> course, allowed to do an reference implementation. If you want your
> implementation to be referenced in the document ... contact me and/or
> send me a diff that does this.

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