Bug#317359: Acknowledgement (kde: ..3'rd "Help"->"About $KDE-app" tab calls the GPL "License Agreement", ie; a contract.)
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..this bug concerns _all_ versions of _all_ KDE "clan" projects
I've seen this far.
..you are _not_ in violation with the _letter_ of DPM or DP here,
AFAICT. I do not however, find you nor the DPM in compliance
with Debian ideals, or best interests, on this bug.
..the KDE project _is_ in conflict with both its own, F/OSS etc and
Debian's best interests AFAIK them, when you advance Microsoft's
argument and interests with that 3'rd tab stating "License Agreement",
where it IMHO should state "License".
..this bug has _no_ "tech" effect.
..it does however have a long term legal and financial effect, as the
very language "license argeement" confuses the distinction between
eg the GPL as a licence, and Microsoft et al's "End User License
Agreement", which _are_ contracts.
..this bug is will be expensive in the long term if we just "summarily"
close this bug as "spurious", as we will be forced to pay our own
lawyers for teaching the courts and all jury members on how to
distinguish a contract from a licence, and, why "case law from
all those who gave up on bankruptsy is irrelewant here in", in
every damn one of our own cases.
..this again undermines our use of copyright law and the GPL in court,
"because" we "tell a different story in this Court than" we "tell to the
end users." Microsoft is much more comfortable litigating against us
with contract law than copyright law.
..this legal discussion is part of Bug#317365, where the letter of the
Debian Policy Manual could use improvement to bring it into better
compliance with the spirit of the Debian ideals.
..med vennlig hilsen = with Kind Regards from Arnt...
...with a number of polar bear hunters in his ancestry...
Scenarios always come in sets of three:
best case, worst case, and just in case.