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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] GFDL

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] GFDL
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:02:17 +0000

Sylvain wrote:
> I don't think such a section would be acceptable. What you can add as
> an invariant section is pretty limited and can't be anything one want.

>From the FDL:

  A "Secondary Section" is a named appendix or a front-matter
  section of the Document that deals exclusively with the
  relationship of the publishers or authors of the Document
  to the Document's overall subject (or to related matters)
  and contains nothing that could fall directly within
  that overall subject. (Thus, if the Document is in part
  a textbook of mathematics, a Secondary Section may not
  explain any mathematics.) The relationship could be a matter
  of historical connection with the subject or with related
  matters, or of legal, commercial, philosophical, ethical or
  political position regarding them.

  The "Invariant Sections" are certain Secondary Sections whose
  titles are designated, as being those of Invariant Sections, [...]

These restrictions on content seem trivial and easy to evade.
As long as the publishers or authors can relate their denial
of climate change to the overall subject, maybe by historical
connection, philosophy, ethics or politics, it looks fine for
them to include it as invariant.

For GNU statistical software for example, this seems very easy
to do. Imagine starting the appendix "I first started to use
this software after someone used it to illustrate the spurious
climate change relationship, which is wrong because..." You
could probably do something similar for almost any topic.

Please can you explain why that would not be allowed?


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