[Grok-dev] Community docs: license and copyright?

Uli Fouquet uli at gnufix.de
Wed Jan 12 08:50:46 EST 2011

Hi Roger,

Roger Erens wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 23:38, Souheil CHELFOUH <trollfot at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Uli, thank you for raising the problem !
> > And yes, this is fine to me, as Sebastian suggested.
> > I think it's a good licence for this purpose.
> > Let's see what the others say.
> >
> > 2011/1/11 Uli Fouquet <uli at gnufix.de>:
> >> Hi Sebastian,
> >>
> >> Am Dienstag, den 11.01.2011, 17:43 +0100 schrieb Sebastian Ware:
> >>
> >>> This is probably what we want (allowing commercial derivatives, which
> >>> might be useful if someone is writing a book):
> >>>
> >>> Attribution-ShareAlike
> >>> CC BY-SA
> >>
> >> Sounds good, thanks for looking into this! Any objections to use CC
> >> BY-SA from now on?
> >>
> Maybe ask Carlos de la Guardia if he would have written his book when
> the documentation would have had this license (presuming he used some
> of the site's documentations). Wouldn't he rather have opted for the
> CC-BY license?

This is a good point.

@Carlos, if you read this, could you tell about your opinion in this

Overall I could imagine that picking single pieces of the docs for books
like the one Carlos wrote, is "fair-use". So, the use-case Sebastian
talks about is probably more the "web-book" case where you can build
nearly a complete book by extending the given sources a bit. Maybe
something like


which was realeased under the more restrictive GNU Free Documentation
License (and might be a good example of where we might want to go with
the docs in terms of structure, etc.; it simply looks quite professional
and usable).

Then, I think our main goal is to keep our docs as open as possible for
the benefit of users (our main audience target, I think) and
contributors in the first place. This also means that we might want to
protect our work from being pulled into the "more restrictive fields" of

Beside this, it is certainly always possible to give away copies that
are licensed differently if some author really needs this for his or her

Best regards,


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