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Re: Freely distributable non-free packages

On Mon, Dec 07, 1998 at 05:20:00PM +0100, Bart Schuller wrote:

> The last time this subject came up, it was shot down because it could
> make Debian liable for damages resulting from misclassifications.

I remember the recent discussion about non-us and how we don't want to be
responsible for saying what's allowed in each country.  That's why the
non-de, non-us, non-fr, etc subsections (and other proposals) didn't come to

In the case of subclassifying non-free packages, we're simply specifying
exactly why we think a package is non-free; we should know that, since any
package in non-free has a reason.

Notice the subtle difference: here, we are providing information that people
can use to make decisions.  We are not actually giving legal advice as to
who is allowed to distribute packages (after all, it's still non-free, and
we aren't recommending you actually USE it.)

Have fun,


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