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Re: libtool documentation license: Debian, the GFDL and the DFSG.

From: Kurt Roeckx
Subject: Re: libtool documentation license: Debian, the GFDL and the DFSG.
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 23:19:26 +0100
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On Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 10:33:17PM +0100, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> Hi Kurt,
> * Kurt Roeckx wrote on Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 07:06:41PM CET:
> > 
> > I'm asking if it would be possible to dual license the
> > documentation under the GPL, or some other license, so that it is
> > compatible with the DFSG.
> While I would certainly favor such a solution, I must admit that I
> don't know what would be necessary in order to be possible.  Since
> copyright assignments are in place, FSF approval should suffice;
> is it likely that they would agree, though?  Who should one ask?
> It would probably be a good thing to also have at least the listed
> authors' agreement.

I know very little of how the FSF works.  From what I understand
the FSF is copyright holder, and all contributers have assigned
copyright to the FSF.  The copyright statement also only mentions
the FSF.

The documentation does mentions 4 authors.  It would be nice if
they could agree to it also.  But I have no idea what legal
rights they have to publish this under a different license.

So it looks to me that you need to talk to the FSF.  And I'm not
sure at all if they're going to be willing to do that.


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