The official state document, the notary commission, is a public service that is funded and administered by the secretary of state through the form of a fee known as the notary bond. A notary commission is similar to an insurance agent’s commission, with one exception: the duties of a notary are not limited to the administration of oaths and affirmations but also license applications and the giving of notarial seals and notarial stamps. Unlike a real estate agent or attorney, a notary is not required to perform an investigation of the possible buyer’s or seller’s credibility, nor does he or she have to offer any guarantee, either in writing or verbally. These duties are entrusted to licensed professionals who perform them as their profession and who are bonded and insured by the secretary of state.
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Now, one might ask: how is it that a website can give away information about the official sources that the website owner himself is allowed to use? Well, the answer is simple: in many states, like in Texas, there is no mechanism by which a website can assure that it is providing only reliable legal information. That’s why websites providing official source information must themselves have a good reputation in the community. This can be checked by contacting the notary commission and checking whether the website complies with all state policies and traditions.
If the website in question can provide sufficient evidence of its reliability, then you know that the site has passed all the test of trustworthiness. If the site contains downloadable documentation that is valid under the GNU FDL, which is a free license for reproducing software, then you can assume that the software contained on the archive is safe to use under the GNU FDL. However, if the archive does not contain any such material, but merely contains a list of links, then you can be sure that the material is old and out of date. The material is usually older than the current section on Wikipedia, and the GNU FDL does not permit linking to it. The only option left for you is to upgrade the website to the current version and make sure that you provide an attribution to the original author, so that users can follow the correct procedure to download the source code under the GNU FDL and use it in your projects.