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Re: possible license issue (documentation generated from source) in MELT branch of GCC


On Sat, 2010-05-29 at 22:40 -0700, Joe Buck wrote:
> On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 01:39:44AM -0700, Basile Starynkevitch wrote:
> > ... I was told that
> > generating a *texi file from (GPLv3+ licensed, FSF copyrighted) source
> > code could be incompatible with the GFDL license of gccint.texi.
> 
> The SC is trying to work something out with RMS on this (more generally,
> it's also an issue for libstdc++ and doxygen).  While I can't make
> promises, it seems he's open to coming up with some kind of solution that
> would allow this use, ideally without needing to involve lawyers.
> 
> Unfortunately these things always take longer than you'd think that they
> should.


To my greatest & extremely positive surprise, I got today an answer from
the FSF (I really am very happy of such a quick answer)! I hope it OK to
cite here part of the reply I've got to my question  [gnu.org #579118]
to licensing@fsf.org since Karl Berry replied to me


> The FSF has already officially approved and recommended the strategy
> mentioned in your message, and throughout the thread: dual-license,
> under the GPL and GFDL, material that applies to both code and
> manuals,
> or is auto-generated from one to the other.
> 
> In your case, you are generating documentation from the code.  So, put
> a
> license notice in the original (GPL'd) source files that the
> documentation so generated is also available under the FDL.
> Automatically insert an FDL license statement in the generated files.


Regards and thanks to everybody!

Cheers.

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