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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Endorsed distro review for LibreCMC

From: Michał Masłowski
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Endorsed distro review for LibreCMC
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 10:43:45 +0200
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> In librecmc-1.2.tar.bz2 inside dl/cmake- is Utilities/
> xml/ docbook-4.5/ ent/ isoamsa.ent (and other *.ent files here) it
> mentions:
> (C) International Organization for Standardization 1986
> Permission to copy in any form is granted for use with
> conforming SGML systems and applications as defined in
> ISO 8879, provided this notice is included in all copies.
> Shouldn't people be free to use the documentation in with
> nonconforming SGML systems? Also, it doesn't seem to address
> modification. It seems the documentation is non-free.

They should be free.

These files define entities for mathematical characters like this one:

  <!ENTITY cularr SDATA "[cularr]"--/curvearrowleft A: left curved arrow -->

Can files listing a thousand of such lines be copyrighted?

Debian too includes it in the sgml-data package, I haven't found any bug
report there about the license.  Fedora has one with the
noncopyrightability argument [0].

I think we should keep it.


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