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From "Martin Desruisseaux (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-311) Can Javadoc contain fragments of a specification under GNU Free Documentation License?
Date Tue, 30 May 2017 17:42:04 GMT
Martin Desruisseaux created LEGAL-311:

             Summary: Can Javadoc contain fragments of a specification under GNU Free Documentation
                 Key: LEGAL-311
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-311
             Project: Legal Discuss
          Issue Type: Question
            Reporter: Martin Desruisseaux

We have a [class listing metadata identifiers defined by a standard|http://sis.apache.org/apidocs/org/apache/sis/storage/netcdf/AttributeNames.html].
The documentation contains links to the original specification for each metadata element.
But it also contains a summary sentence extracted from the specification for each element.

However the [standard that we use|http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Attribute_Convention_for_Data_Discovery_1-3]
is under [GNU Free Documentation License 1.2|http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl-1.2.en.html].
I didn't saw a discussion about this license in the [list of previously resolved license questions|https://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#category-x].

We extracted only a summary sentence for each element, not the full discussion, on the assumption
that it could fall under the "fair use" conditions. Is it a correct assumption? Is there a
guidance about which amount of text could be considered "fair use"?

If we should not take any text from that specification, what would be the recommended practice?


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