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Re: Non-free, Contrib and CDs (Was Re: GNU Win32? Not anymore.)

Shaya Potter wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Jul 1997, Bruce Perens wrote:
> > From: Bill Mitchell <mitchell@mozcom.com>
> > >   Name             CD?    Criteria
> > >   ----             ---    --------
> > >   Main             Yes    Mainline Debian distribution
> > >                           Social Contract compatible
> > >   No-Export        No     US Export Restricted
> > >   No-Profit        No     Cannot be sold for profit
> > >   No-Sell          No     Cannot be sold, even for cost
> > >   Use-Restricted   Yes    Usage is restricted
> > >                           but can be sold for profit
> > >   Installers       Yes    Installers
> > >   Depends-Problem  Yes?   Depends on package in No-* areas
> >
> > The problem is that this puts us in the position of interpreting licenses
> > for the CD-ROM manufacturers. I would much prefer they read the licenses in
> > non-free and decide what they can include, rather than us doing it for them.
> > There's an element of legal risk involved.
> >
> Yes and No.  In many cases we can ask the authors what set of labels they
> prefer, and use those.

Precisely.  Could someone tell me what should happen in this case? A
package that is clearly not destined to be in the main distribution
whose maintainer has declared that it can be sold on CDs for a
distribution fee.  Can (not should) it go into contrib so that it will
automatically (since most distributors simply leave out non-free) appear
on CDs.

I think it would be ludicrous if someone bought a Debian CD that had
(say) KDE on it (presumably in contrib) and found that it won't work
because the QT libraries that it depends on (whose authors have declared
that it can be sold on CDs) is in non-free and thus not on the CD.
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