Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 21:29:53 -0700
From: Sean Barrett <sean(a)epoptic.org>
Thus, under the terms of the GFDL, we cannot pass the Crown copyright
restrictions on to third-generation re-copiers. For example, I might
copy material from the Royal Navy's site into an article about HMS
SCEPTRE, doing so accurately, honestly, and with attribution, but a
third party who copied the article onto his Web site, removed the
attribution, and somehow altered the information to be deceptive would
not be in violation of our license.
I recommend using a more positive example of breaking Crown
Copyright, such as creating derivative works. The deceptive editing
example is likely the reason why they don't allow modifications in
the first place. Also, you might want to mention that the GFDL has
no restrictions against commercial use.
- Stephen Gilbert
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia