GNU released new drafts of Free Documentation Licenses

Posted 2 Oct 2006 at 02:01 UTC by atai Share This

The Free Software Foundation released the first drafts for the next versions of GNU's Free Documentation Licenses. Two drafts were released; one for the GFDL v2 and another for a simpler variant of the FDL.

According to the FSF:

The first discussion draft of the GNU Free Documentation License version 2 was released on 2006 September 26, along with a draft of the new GNU Simpler Free Documentation License.

The new draft of the GNU FDL includes a number of improvements, such as:

  • New terms crafted during the GPLv3 process to improve internationalization
  • Clarifications to help people applying the license to audio and video
  • Relaxed requirements for using an excerpt from a work

The new proposed GNU Simpler Free Documentation License mirrors this language. In addition, it has no requirements to maintain Cover Texts and Invariant Sections. This will provide a simpler licensing option for authors who do not wish to use these features in the GNU FDL.

Public input is requested:
Commenting on the FDL v2 draft
Commenting on the SFDL v1 draft

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