Documentation licenses revisited
david at usermode.org
Mon Mar 19 00:23:45 UTC 2001
A while ago you may recall that I inquired as to free and open licenses for
documentation. I chose the FDL at that time since the document in question
was for software covered by the GPL.
I am now creating a roleplaying game with some other people that needs a free
and open license. It may be some months before it is released.
I have come up with a simple documentation license based on the BSD license.
I realize that the OSI is not in the business of approving non-software
licenses, but I am submitting it to the list to garner comments and
Why not the FDL or another free documentation license? I desire a
non-copyleft license for a variety of reasons, but probably the greatest
reason is that I want a short and simple license.
Why no "invariant" clauses? I thought long and hard about this one, but it
turns out that the only invariant sections I actually want are the copyright,
license and disclaimer.
I'm not sure about the disclaimer. It seemed odd to me to include the
standard warranty disclaimer. My rationale for the current disclaimer is to
guarantee that that full attribution is attached, and the lack of any
responsibility for derived works.
Here it is in "templatized" form...
Lore Document License
Copyright (c) [year], [author]
Redistribution, publication and use of this Document, with or without
modification, alteration or translation, is permitted provided that the
following conditions are met:
(1) Redistributions or publications of this Document must retain the above
copyright notice, this list of conditions, and the following disclaimer.
(2) Neither the name of the copyright holders nor the names of any
contributors to the Document may be used to endorse or promote products
derived from this Document without specific prior written permission.
This work is a copy of, or based on a copy of, [title], copyright © [year] by
[author]. Distribution of, or derivation from, [title] in no way implies
endorsement or warranty by [author].
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