[GRASS5] Re: GNU Free Documentation License and maps (Jan-Oliver Wagner)

Greg Sepesi sepesi at eduneer.com
Thu Oct 23 11:00:22 EDT 2003

Jan-Oliver Wagner wrote:
> > > I think the FDL is less suitable though it is not absolutely
> > > inapropriate as an intermediate solution.
> >
> > What do you think are FDL's flaws?
> I think the major flaw is just that data are closer to source code than
> to written text. I am sorry, that I can not present you a detailed
> analysis. I tried to spend some time on this task, but I did not find
> it. That's also the reason why my answer comes so late.
> Best
> --
> Jan-Oliver Wagner               http://intevation.de/~jan/
> Intevation GmbH                      http://intevation.de/
> FreeGIS                                http://freegis.org/

Some data, such as a lookup table, is closely tied to source code and
should be protected as such.  However in my opinion, map data is like
JPEG data, which is typically considered documentation.  That's why I
think FDL is a good fit for map data, even when in binary (as opposed to
text) form.


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