Re: Guidlines and Skeletons for Epiphany Help Documentation
- From: Alexander Kirillov <kirillov math sunysb edu>
- To: GNOME Doc List <gnome-doc-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: Guidlines and Skeletons for Epiphany Help Documentation
- Date: 07 May 2003 10:46:29 -0400
On Wed, 2003-05-07 at 10:06, Pat Costello wrote:
> > <snip/>
> > Thanks for the comments Pat I'm going to integrate them into the docs right
> > away. For the most part I'm trying to cut and paste as much documentation
> > from existing gnome docs as possible, so that I can avoid terminology and
> > consistency issues. One question I do have is about gfdl. Do i need to add
> > the original copyright owners of the documentation I've cut and pasted from
> > to the epiphany copyright holders?
> When cutting-and-pasting from one GNOME document to another came up in the past,
> we settled on using an Acknowledgement section in the front matter as the best
> way to give due credit. Under the GFDL, you only need to add copyright credits
> for previous contributors to the document in question. Seeing as the Epiphany
> User Guide is a new document, then there can be no previous copyright holders
> for that document.
Well, it is not quite correct. By GFDL, any use of the document other
than copying the whole doc unchanged is called "modifying", so
cut-and-paste falls under "modifying a document", too. Thus when you
create a new document by borrowing pieces from existing docs, according
to GFDL, the document you created should be considered a "modified
version" of the original docs, so legally, you have to include the
But I agree: legalities aside, the most reasonable way would be to
include an "Acknowledgments" section. To be legally clean, you might
want to ask original copyright holders if they agree to that - if they
do, then you are fine. I do not think anyone would object...
> Therefore, you are safe to give the appropriate credit in an
> Acknowledgement section. If the cut-and-pastes are neat enough, you should
> indicate in the Acknowledgements section, where you got the various items of
> information from.
> I vaguely remember talking with Irene about creating an Acknowledgements section
> for use in the standard templates, but I can't remember any more than that.
> Irene - if you are following this thread, does this ring a bell?
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