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DGPL [rms@gnu.org: Doc license]


Here's the latest version of the DGPL draft.

To my mind, it perfectly fits our needs, and it's by far more complete
than the previous LDP license.

I intend to use this license for my own documents ASAP.

It can be completed by any agreement one may need for commercial
purposes, just like plain GPL : for ex, as copyright holder, you can
grant short term exclusivity to a publisher then release the document
under DGPL license.

Feel free to reply to this message with comments or requests for
modifications : it was written on our request and can still change.
I'll sum up the requests and mail them to Richard.

BTW, sorry for any delay with HOWTOs processing (my HOWTOs are also
waiting to be processed, David, you're not alone :-)

It's Xmas time and our free workers may feel like taking some time for
their family and their children (grandchildren anyone?)

Guylhem Aznar, Linux Documentation Project: http://www.linuxdoc.org
PGP key: http://oeil.qc.ca/~guylhem ; Email: guylhem \@/ oeil.qc.ca
"They who can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin 

Here's the latest draft of the doc license.
Would you like to send it for some further review?

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