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[Savannah-hackers-public] Policy on Licenses for Manuals

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] Policy on Licenses for Manuals
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 13:19:29 +0100
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An important aspect Savannah's rules is the practice of verifying all licenses
for consistency--software licenses must be compatible with GNU GPL
(version-2-or-later), so that Savannah projects, and all GNU projects, can
easily build upon each other's code.

We have now recognized that the similar issue for documentation licenses
needs to be addressed, and we have decided to address it in a similar
fashion.  Specifically, our policy is now that new projects, and new manuals,
should be released under a license compatible with the GNU Free Documentation
License (current-version-or-later). Disjunctive dual licenses which include
this as one option are compatible.

This policy 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 either the GNU GPL or the GFDL (or

Existing manuals of existing non-GNU packages which are currently licensed
under GPL-2-or-later can remain on Savannah with their current licenses,
though we would like to change them if possible. However, existing manuals
with other GFDL-incompatible licenses represent bigger problems, that we need
to solve sooner or later, so we will be contacting the developers of these
packages by and by.

In addition, it is vital for all documentation files to have clear statements
of their licenses.  We have just discovered that some projects have not done
this, and we will be contacting those projects to address the problem.

(updated 20060213 with clarifications)

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