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Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing

On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 03:40:39AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2002 at 06:50:08PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> > spectrum-roms can basically never be free software - even if the
> > copyright holders wanted it to be, they've lost the source code.
> Of course it can be.  The copyright holders can put it into the public
> domain[1], for instance, through a simple decree clearly identifying the
> work.
> Are you sure you're not thinking of GPL-compatibility issues?  The lack
> of available source code (the "preferred form for modification") does
> potentially pose problems for abandonware where the source code is
> unavailable, but that's not a freedom issue when that lack is not the
> result of deliberate action or withholding.

Although source code is required by DFSG (2)... rather unambiguously.

It's possible we could play some semantic games and define something
else as source code.

It's possible that DFSG (2) is too dogmatic in its phrasing, too..


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