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Name GNU Verbatim Copying License
Comment For software manuals and other documentation, it is important to use a

license permitting free redistribution and updating, so that when a free program is changed, the documentation can be updated as well.

On the other hand, for documents that express your personal views, feelings or experiences, it is more appropriate to use a license permitting only verbatim copying.

Here is sample text for such a license permitting verbatim copying only. This is just the license text itself. For a complete sample document, see the previous sections.

  This document is a sample for allowing verbatim copying only.
  Copyright @copyright{} 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
  Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies
  of this entire document without royalty provided the
  copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved.
  @end quotation
  @end copying

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The standard copyright terms for GNU web pages is now the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. It used to be (and for a few pages still is): Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved. Please note the following commentary about this “verbatim license” by Eben Moglen:

“Our intention in using the phrase ‘verbatim copying in any medium’ is not to require retention of page headings and footers or other formatting features. Retention of weblinks in both hyperlinked and non-hyperlinked media (as notes or some other form of printed URL in non-HTML media) is required”.

Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License:

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Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the page “GNU Free Documentation License”.

The copyright and license notices on this page only apply to the text on this page. Any software or copyright-licenses or other similar notices described in this text has its own copyright notice and license, which can usually be found in the distribution or license text itself.