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Stephan Meijer • Edited

Sorry about that. I haven't read your other post. I was responding to your comment in which you link to that PDF. So my comment is posted at the right place.

And page 6 of that PDF clearly states:

INSIDE THE MACHINE. Copyright © 2007 by Jon Stokes.

All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the prior
written permission of the copyright owner and the publisher.

Printed in Canada

10 09 08 07 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
ISBN-10: 1-59327-104-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-59327-104-6

You write here, "the book is literally open source and partially available on github." Partially? So not all? I guess you should link to the GitHub repo than. Even when the source is published on GitHub, the final product (this (e)book) can still contain copyright notices and have different licenses assigned, as page 6 clearly states.

Checking the repo it is also clear that the author of this book started a second edition. That second edition is not finished, but indeed released under the license CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. That does however not automatically mean that the first edition (your pdf) is also being republished under that license. So you do violate copyright here. And are linking to an illegal share of that book.

The second edition can be read here: and contains currently 2 chapters. Where the first edition contains 12 chapters. The second edition is not finished and had its last contribution 4 years ago.

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Ryland G Ask Me Anything • Edited

Considering that Jon (author of Inside the Machine) is promoting my tweet about the post, I doubt there is an issue. In fact, he said that it was the best thing he’d see on in a long time.

Thanks for genuine concern, it’s nice that someone is watching out for that stuff.

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Ryland G Ask Me Anything

Also I reread and realized that I got confused earlier about the posts and thought you were replying to my very recent article (you can see why probably lol). So sorry about that.