copyright for man pages

r at r at
Fri Aug 6 02:27:20 UTC 2010

On Thu, 5 Aug 2010, Chad Perrin wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 05, 2010 at 07:16:20AM -0400, r at wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Sorry of this is the wrong list but what is the copyright situation for
>> things like man pages? If I want to host a copy of one on the web or
>> something, is there some additional disclaimer I need to add?
> As I understand it, most man pages and other FreeBSD documentation is
> distributed under the terms of the FreeBSD Documentation License:
> Anything that says "GNU" in it (because it's related to GNU software) is
> likely to be distributed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation
> License:
> Some man pages are likely to be distributed under the standard BSD
> License.  There may or may not be some stuff distributed under the terms
> of the BSD Documentation License, which is actually a derivative of the
> FreeBSD Documentation License.  There may be a couple here and there
> distributed under other licenses as well.
> I'm not anyone officially associated with the documentation project,
> though, so don't just take my word for it if you have reason to question
> what I've said.
> -- 
> Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
Svein and Chad,

What you're saying makes sense. Thanks!


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