License change for the GPH.

Werner Koch wk at
Mon Oct 21 12:33:10 CEST 2013

On Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:21, rms at said:

> What is the legal status of the FAQ?  Who are the contributors?

  Copyright (C) 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010 Free Software Foundation,
  Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02111, USA

  This file is free software; as a special exception the author gives
  unlimited permission to copy and/or distribute it, with or without
  modifications, as long as this notice is preserved.

Copyright assignments have never been requested, though.

> Likewise for the HOWTOS that you want to use.

Some are GPL, other are all permissive.

> Could you explain why you think that license is desirable?

I already did that: The FDL makes it too hard to re-use parts of a text
(history section, carrying the licenses, and so on).  You should be well
aware of the arguments due to solution worked out with Wikipedia to
switch from FDL to CC-by-sa.

> I think it will be necessary to write new text with the pertinent

We have lots of new texts readiliy available but can't include them due
the the license conflict.

FWIW, Gpg4win manual is also under the FDL but the German goverment, as
copyright holder, agreed to work on a license change.

> information; but first let's try contacting the people who wrote the
> text you want to use and get their permission.  Those who wrote

Nope.  The problem is that the use of the FDL was a mistake, it hinders
wider dissemination of important information.  I would even agree to use
CC-0 for such documentation, but CC-by-sa/GPL will be sufficient.



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