DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Fri Jan 11 05:09:38 UTC 2008
Philippe Verdy wrote:
> by providing only an extract of it without also giving the full
> text (it may have happened in some discussion mails or negociations, but not
> in the deliverable products).
Quoting a section to discuss it is fair use, and not a problem. Yes, I
know there's no fair use in France, but the FSF still isn't going to sue
you for it.
> But I've seen many GPL software packages coming without the final advisory
> instructions ("How to...").
These are not part of the license; they are after the "END OF TERMS AND
CONDITIONS". In most situations, the instructions should not be
included, but it isn't a problem if they are.
The "verbatim" word means that no change is
> allowed in the text, but does not clearly state what parts of the text are
> mandatory, because the most visible delimitations (in all capitals) are
> stating such delimitation of the mandatory section.
I don't see what you're saying. I think it's fairly obvious that the
entire license should be included; this starts with "GNU GENERAL PUBLIC
LICENSE" and ends with "END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS"
> This reduction of the GPL text to only its central mandatory part is
> seen in some packages or bundles that are aggregating lots of licences
> packed into a single "licences.txt" file, instead of many separate files;
There is no mandatory vs. non-mandatory part of the license. The whole
license is mandatory, and everything except the instructions is part of
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