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Re: [school-discuss] Re: OSS license for a book?

I would recommend the creative commons license.  You can specify what
options/rights you allow the end users (readers and extenders) to


On Wed,  8 Sep 2004 10:05:19 -0400 (EDT), James Allen <jfallen@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 7 Sep 2004 15:45:18 -0700, Bill Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net> wrote:
> >
> > I've been considering writing a short book (aimed at young children)
> > that introduces programming using Python.
> I like this idea. Python is an excellent first language and I know
> young children who would like to learn to program but get frustrated
> looking at most docs and/or books.
> > I'm not certain this will ever be publsihed in /print/, but regardless of
> > that, I'm planning on releasing it under an Open Source license.
> >
> > The two big ones I'm aware of are the GNU FDL (Free Doc. Lic.),
> > and the Open Publication Lic. (which Manual.Gimp.org was published under).
> >
> > I haven't actually LOOKED closely at these licenses, but was wondering
> > if there are any others I should consider.  What would be the most
> > beneficial to the community?  (I'm hoping for updates, corrections,
> > translations, etc. to be applicable w/ the least resistance, and for it
> > to be the most flexible so far as becoming part of larger projects,
> > such as Debian-Edu.)
> I have seen discussions on debian mailing lists and elsewhere. The GNU
> FDL is considered by Debian to be a non-free license because of the
> part that contains "invariant sections" whereby you can make a section
> non-changeable.
> http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/Position_Statement.html
> The one I currently use for my documentation is the Open Publication
> License which is used by at least some Debian documentation (I haven't
> checked all the Debian docs).
> Other ones you might want to consider are the Design Science Lisence
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/dsl.html
> which is used by the Linux Cookbook. Creative Commons has several that
> are customizable.
> http://creativecommons.org/
> The Free Software Foundation has a sight that discusses the various licenses.
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html
> James Allen