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Re: A restrictive(?) LDP License

>>>>> "T" == Terry Dawson <terry@albert.animats.net> writes:

    T> ... In many ways I actually favour this idea (relicensing), but
    T> it will mean that some existing documents will have to be
    T> excluded because permission to relicense the documents can not
    T> be obtained.

If the contract is on the inbound traffic, this is not a problem:
Those docs in the collection prior to installing the contract-gate did
not sign any contract so they cannot be bound by it.  For outbound
docs, the "warrantee of freedoms" doc can include a "grandfathering
clause" to follow the "all docs grant permissions X, Y Z" with a (b)
clause stating that docs older than such and such a date are not
guaranteed to be compliant.

On the question of modifications, there is no conflict with the LDP if
modification is forbidden: If a doc has mod restrictions, we do not
touch it.  Simple as that.  Like any reference library, we accept it
graciously, add it to the archive, and forget about it: We can't
change it, 'nuff said.  The doc *might* die of loneliness, but because
there is no _exclusivity_ clause in our contracts with the authors, we
are always free to replace it (or compliment it) with a second,
independent doc should the need and opportunity arise.

Unless disk space is at a premium, having unrevised 'old' docs can be
an advantage: A new 'innd' doc is not likely to focus much on uucp,
but I might have an application which needs the state-of-the-art at
some past date.  The best solution would be CVS revisions (btw- when
is a doc revision tagged?) or an XML database (yeah, dream on!), but
the good old "just keep the old edition" works for public libraries
and should work for us as well.

Gary Lawrence Murphy <garym@canada.com>  TeleDynamics Communications Inc
Business Telecom Services : Internet Consulting : http://www.teledyn.com
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