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Old 05-23-2015, 09:23 PM   #1
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Arrow Is it OK to include Linux man pages in commercial book?


Hi everyone,

The title of the question pretty much describes it.

I am writing a commercial book and would like to know whether it is OK (as far as licensing is concerned) to include in an appendix the man pages of programs used in the book (none of which is proprietary).

The book itself will NOT be released under the GPL, but assuming I can include the man pages I understand I will need to add a copy of the GPL to the appendix as well.

Any clarification will be more than appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 05-23-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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You would need to read the GPL to be sure, but I believe it is, as long as you make clear that that portion of the book is free for usage under the GPL (or the appropriate license for the man page in question).

In my early days with Linux I purchased a book (I forget the name and I've long since donated it to some thrift store) that turned out to be a compilation of man pages. I did not regret the purchase. Sometimes nothing beats a book.

You may find the answer to your question here: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html

I recommend the FAQ page.

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Old 05-24-2015, 08:23 AM   #3
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You should check the License of man page in its source tarball distribution. Also checking each man page because it may put the license of that man page.
 
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:28 AM   #4
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Hi everyone,

The title of the question pretty much describes it.

I am writing a commercial book and would like to know whether it is OK (as far as licensing is concerned) to include in an appendix the man pages of programs used in the book (none of which is proprietary).

The book itself will NOT be released under the GPL, but assuming I can include the man pages I understand I will need to add a copy of the GPL to the appendix as well.

Any clarification will be more than appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Look at:Licenses for man-pages to get some insight.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:40 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone! I am going to mark this thread as solved, and each of your posts as helpful to add to your reputation.
 
  


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