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Re: Question about GNU Free Document License

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Question about GNU Free Document License
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:57:37 -0600
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nealweston writes:
> As far as I am aware to conform with the GFDL he must make a
> "transparent" version of his book available for others to use or
> redistribute.

If he is the sole author of the book he is not required to do anything.
The license states the conditions under which he, as copyright owner, has
granted recipients of copies the right to distribute copies.

> I'd be interested to hear if others share my interpretation of this
> license or if there is some clause that I have missed. Does this author
> have the right to ask me to remove his book from my web site or am I
> within my rights to decline given that the book is covered by the GFDL?

What license is attached to the copy of the book on his Web site?  The
license on the printed copies is relevant only to them.

If (and only if) the copy on the author's Web site contains the GFDL then
you have his permission to redistribute it under the terms of the GFDL.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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