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Draft Boilerplate License

Here's my draft "boilerplate" license for the Manifesto.  What do you
think of it?  Also included is the old "boilerplate" license.  You may
of course offer a counter-proposal.  This "boilerplate" would be only a
suggested short license.  It could be replaced in the future by the
GPL for documents (DGPL) which is currently being revised by Richard M.
Stallman.  If we can't agree on a new "boilerplate" license, I think
we should just remove the old one from the manifesto and for a while
have no suggested license.  Another possibility is to fix up the LDP
License, the latest version being 2.0, but I think it's better to work
on improving the DGPL.  This "boilerplate" license would be copied
into docs and not incorporated by reference to a url.  That's why it's
intentionally kept very short.


v0.1, 2 October 1999

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