Documentation Licensing

Matthew P. Barnson matthew at
Wed May 5 17:40:11 UTC 2004

On Tue, May 04, 2004 at 11:15:07PM -0700, Zach Lipton wrote:
> I agree however that any license used needs to leave open the 
> possibility of incorporating the material into a book at some point in 
> the future. Since the guide is already a part of the LDP, the LDP 
> Copying License might be a good choice.

After researching it this morning, I think Creative Commons Attribution 1.0
license fits the bill nicely.  Yes, you are going to have attribution bloat
over time, but that is not a big deal.  It represents perhaps one or two
pages out of the book which people commonly skip over anyway.

This license woud nicely dovetail with my original objectives for the work:
allow free redistribution and modification, prevent people from "closing"
it up (preventing others from freely redistributing it), but require that
author credits and copyright remain intact.  Free software developers and
documentors generally do it for money or recognition, and those of us not
getting paid to work on BZ value the props :)




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