Documentation Licensing

Matthew P. Barnson matthew at
Wed May 5 16:54:14 UTC 2004

On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 08:55:53AM +0100, Gervase Markham wrote:
> Apparently we were "working on a copyright policy" in 1999 - and the 
> issue still hasn't been resolved. Ah, well. But don't take those 
> suggestions as anything more than a snapshot of history.

Yep, the decision wasn't made in a vacuum, but at the time had
no documentation copyright policy -- except the guideline of MPL for code
which in-lined documentation -- and after furious debate for about a week
and a half, I believe Tara's opinion was something to the effect of
"You know, as long as some docs get written, I don't care what license we

So I wrote them up, put them under the GFDL (which seemed the most
appropriate at the time), and there you have them.

Matthew P. Barnson
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