Authorization for commercial derivative work of GnuCash Tutorial and Concepts Guide

John Ralls jralls at
Mon Jul 4 09:54:35 EDT 2016

> On Jul 4, 2016, at 5:42 AM, Mike or Penny Novack <mpnovack at> wrote:
> On 7/3/2016 6:05 PM, Chris Lyttle wrote:
>> I agree with John, as long as it keeps with the requirements of the GFDL, which means the work is available under the same license, I have no objection.
> Uh, I am not one of the developers but am old enough to have been able to follow the original "free software" discussions. My opinion?
> I think an awful lot of people are interpreting "derivative work" in a sense never intended. If there is some free software X, and somebody writes a book "How to make good use of X" or "X for Dummies" that is NOT a "derivative work" << they would have to, of course, not simply incorporate any documentation/help provided with the software >> Or suppose the developers had NOT created a "manual" or a "user guide". Somebody could write either/both of those and would not be a "derivative work".

Read the original letter again. He's asking about copying parts of the Tutorial and Concepts Guide, which is published under the GNU Free Documentation License, or GFDL. That's separate from the program's copyrights and licenses.

John Ralls

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