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Re: OK to distribute autoconf.texi under the GPL too?

From: Bruce Korb
Subject: Re: OK to distribute autoconf.texi under the GPL too?
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 09:41:40 -0800
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On Sunday 19 December 2004 08:49 am, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Dec 2004, Alexandre Duret-Lutz wrote:

What if you simply stated:

   Any programming examples incorporated into this document are
   hereby released to the public domain and are free for anybody to
   use any way they like.

After all, it would reflect reality.  Coding examples are explicitly intended
to show people how to do something, so they can hardly be expected to
refrain from copying the stuff into what they are doing.  Further, the
examples can hardly be considered substantial bodies of work.  If they were
substantial, then they wouldn't be examples.  Since they are examples, it
hardly seems worth bothering over, given that they are intended to be
copied anyway.  Release them to public domain and be done with it.  :)

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