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[Savannah-hackers-public] Licenses clarification

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] Licenses clarification
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 23:41:05 +0100
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One of Savannah's unique features is the emphasis on verifying all licenses
for consistency (only free software licenses, no incompatibilities among
project components) and compatibility with the GNU GPL (version 2 or later,
so that Savannah projects, notably GNU projects, can easily build upon each
other's code).

It is not clear what licenses we accept for documentation. In the same spirit
- be able to easily share and build manuals under the GNU license - we plan to
ask new projects to release documentation under a license compatible with the
GNU Free Documentation License.
As always, it is perfectly acceptable to dual-license the work under the GFDL
and another license, if needed.

This concept applies to manuals written in Texinfo, and documentation which
ought to be improved into such manuals. Informal materials, FAQs, and so on
can be under a license compatible with the GNU GPL or the GFDL (or both).

This has been informally discussed on #savannah, without objection from the
present staff and non-staff until this was actually used during a project
registration, before we found the time to properly state it (we're still
looking for help to review project submissions, by the way :))

If your existing Savannah project contains documentation that is not
compatible with the GNU Free Documentation License, please contact us so we
can better estimate the current licenses 'repartition'.

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