Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Licensing interim update
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2009/2/3 Brian <Brian.Mingus(a)colorado.edu>du>:
Where can I read about what, exactly, the spirit
of the GFDL is?
Start with the license preamble "Secondarily, this License preserves
for the author and publisher a way to get credit for their work,"
Now remember despite claims to the country the GFDL is basically
thinking about printed books. The wording is such that you would have
to include the required credit in a printed form with the book.
So effectively the spirit is that the credit stays with the work. So
if the work is on a website the credit should be on that website. If
the work is on a T-shirt the credit should distributed with the
T-shirt perhaps as part of the packaging (of course things get a bit
tricky when someone wears the t-shirt but that is a secondary
I fully agree with this.
The list of all contributors has to be on the same server or in the
same offline product or in the same printed medium.
Did anybody mention the Wikihow attribution CC-BY-SA-NC here? Have a
look e.g. at the authors attribution at
The problem with the Wikihow link attribution is that it doesn't work
if the website disappears.