Open Source Content License (OSCL) - Other/Miscellaneous licenses

Richard Fontana rfontana at
Sat Apr 19 13:16:01 UTC 2008

On Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 09:41:31PM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting John Cowan (cowan at
> > The GPL is really obnoxious for printed books.  You wind up having to
> > distribute the book on CD, either on demand for three years, or else
> > bound into the book.  That adds quite a bit to the cost of binding.
> Really?  GPLv2 in 8-point type is, IIRC, only about 3 pages
> single-spaced -- ~3000 words.  Not sure about V3.

wc gives 2968 words for v2, 5644 for v3. 

I think John is assuming that the distribution of a conventional book
printed on paper is not distribution of that work in "source code" as
the GPL defines it ("the preferred form of the work for making
modifications to it").  

- RF

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