Wikipedia:GNU Free Documentation License

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		GNU Free Documentation License		  Version 1.2, November 2002 Copyright (C) 2000,2001,2002  Free Software Foundation, Inc.     59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.0. PREAMBLEThe purpose of this License is to make a manual, textbook, or otherfunctional and useful document "free" in the sense of freedom: toassure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it,with or without modifying it, either commercially or noncommercially.Secondarily, this License preserves for the author and publisher a wayto get credit for their work, while not being considered responsiblefor modifications made by others.This License is a kind of "copyleft", which means that derivativeworks of the document must themselves be free in the same sense.  Itcomplements the GNU General Public License, which is a copyleftlicense designed for free software.We have designed this License in order to use it for manuals for freesoftware, because free software needs free documentation: a freeprogram should come with manuals providing the same freedoms that thesoftware does.  But this License is not limited to software manuals;it can be used for any textual work, regardless of subject matter orwhether it is published as a printed book.  We recommend this Licenseprincipally for works whose purpose is instruction or reference.1. APPLICABILITY AND DEFINITIONSThis License applies to any manual or other work, in any medium, thatcontains a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it can bedistributed under the terms of this License.  Such a notice grants aworld-wide, royalty-free license, unlimited in duration, to use thatwork under the conditions stated herein.  The "Document", below,refers to any such manual or work.  Any member of the public is alicensee, and is addressed as "you".  You accept the license if youcopy, modify or distribute the work in a way requiring permissionunder copyright law.A "Modified Version" of the Document means any work containing theDocument or a portion of it, either copied verbatim, or withmodifications and/or translated into another language.A "Secondary Section" is a named appendix or a front-matter section ofthe Document that deals exclusively with the relationship of thepublishers or authors of the Document to the Document's overall subject(or to related matters) and contains nothing that could fall directlywithin that overall subject.  (Thus, if the Document is in part atextbook of mathematics, a Secondary Section may not explain anymathematics.)  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A copy that is not "Transparent" is called "Opaque".Examples of suitable formats for Transparent copies include plainASCII without markup, Texinfo input format, LaTeX input format, SGMLor XML using a publicly available DTD, and standard-conforming simpleHTML, PostScript or PDF designed for human modification.  Examples oftransparent image formats include PNG, XCF and JPG.  Opaque formatsinclude proprietary formats that can be read and edited only byproprietary word processors, SGML or XML for which the DTD and/orprocessing tools are not generally available, and themachine-generated HTML, PostScript or PDF produced by some wordprocessors for output purposes only.The "Title Page" means, for a printed book, the title page itself,plus such following pages as are needed to hold, legibly, the materialthis License requires to appear in the title page.  For works informats which do not have any title page as such, "Title Page" meansthe text near the most prominent appearance of the work's title,preceding the beginning of the body of the text.A section "Entitled XYZ" means a named subunit of the Document whosetitle either is precisely XYZ or contains XYZ in parentheses followingtext that translates XYZ in another language.  (Here XYZ stands for aspecific section name mentioned below, such as "Acknowledgements","Dedications", "Endorsements", or "History".)  To "Preserve the Title"of such a section when you modify the Document means that it remains asection "Entitled XYZ" according to this definition.The Document may include Warranty Disclaimers next to the notice whichstates that this License applies to the Document.  These WarrantyDisclaimers are considered to be included by reference in thisLicense, but only as regards disclaiming warranties: any otherimplication that these Warranty Disclaimers may have is void and hasno effect on the meaning of this License.2. VERBATIM COPYINGYou may copy and distribute the Document in any medium, eithercommercially or noncommercially, provided that this License, thecopyright notices, and the license notice saying this License appliesto the Document are reproduced in all copies, and that you add no otherconditions whatsoever to those of this License.  You may not usetechnical measures to obstruct or control the reading or furthercopying of the copies you make or distribute.  However, you may acceptcompensation in exchange for copies.  If you distribute a large enoughnumber of copies you must also follow the conditions in section 3.You may also lend copies, under the same conditions stated above, andyou may publicly display copies.3. 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List on the Title Page, as authors, one or more persons or entities   responsible for authorship of the modifications in the Modified   Version, together with at least five of the principal authors of the   Document (all of its principal authors, if it has fewer than five),   unless they release you from this requirement.C. State on the Title page the name of the publisher of the   Modified Version, as the publisher.D. Preserve all the copyright notices of the Document.E. Add an appropriate copyright notice for your modifications   adjacent to the other copyright notices.F. Include, immediately after the copyright notices, a license notice   giving the public permission to use the Modified Version under the   terms of this License, in the form shown in the Addendum below.G. Preserve in that license notice the full lists of Invariant Sections   and required Cover Texts given in the Document's license notice.H. Include an unaltered copy of this License.I. 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To do this, add their titles to thelist of Invariant Sections in the Modified Version's license notice.These titles must be distinct from any other section titles.You may add a section Entitled "Endorsements", provided it containsnothing but endorsements of your Modified Version by variousparties--for example, statements of peer review or that the text hasbeen approved by an organization as the authoritative definition of astandard.You may add a passage of up to five words as a Front-Cover Text, and apassage of up to 25 words as a Back-Cover Text, to the end of the listof Cover Texts in the Modified Version.  Only one passage ofFront-Cover Text and one of Back-Cover Text may be added by (orthrough arrangements made by) any one entity.  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TRANSLATIONTranslation is considered a kind of modification, so you maydistribute translations of the Document under the terms of section 4.Replacing Invariant Sections with translations requires specialpermission from their copyright holders, but you may includetranslations of some or all Invariant Sections in addition to theoriginal versions of these Invariant Sections.  You may include atranslation of this License, and all the license notices in theDocument, and any Warranty Disclaimers, provided that you also includethe original English version of this License and the original versionsof those notices and disclaimers.  In case of a disagreement betweenthe translation and the original version of this License or a noticeor disclaimer, the original version will prevail.If a section in the Document is Entitled "Acknowledgements","Dedications", or "History", the requirement (section 4) to Preserveits Title (section 1) will typically require changing the actualtitle.9. TERMINATIONYou may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Document exceptas expressly provided for under this License.  Any other attempt tocopy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Document is void, and willautomatically terminate your rights under this License.  However,parties who have received copies, or rights, from you under thisLicense will not have their licenses terminated so long as suchparties remain in full compliance.10. FUTURE REVISIONS OF THIS LICENSEThe Free Software Foundation may publish new, revised versionsof the GNU Free Documentation License from time to time.  Such newversions will be similar in spirit to the present version, but maydiffer in detail to address new problems or concerns.  Seehttp://www.gnu.org/copyleft/.Each version of the License is given a distinguishing version number.If the Document specifies that a particular numbered version of thisLicense "or any later version" applies to it, you have the option offollowing the terms and conditions either of that specified version orof any later version that has been published (not as a draft) by theFree Software Foundation.  If the Document does not specify a versionnumber of this License, you may choose any version ever published (notas a draft) by the Free Software Foundation.ADDENDUM: How to use this License for your documentsTo use this License in a document you have written, include a copy ofthe License in the document and put the following copyright andlicense notices just after the title page:    Copyright (c)  YEAR  YOUR NAME.    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