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Re: Bug#203498: ITP: decss -- utility for stripping CSS tags from an HTML page.

On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:48:55PM -0400, Jim Penny wrote:
> On Wed, 30 Jul 2003 11:38:12 -0500
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@netexpress.net> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 05:56:32PM +0200, Emile van Bergen wrote:
> > 
> > > >    I object to this ITP. Not very strongly, but I still object.
> > 
> > > I think it's a wonderful idea to have a decss package in Debian. If
> > > Debian cannot distribute the decss that allows Debian users to view
> > > DVD movies (yet), then distributing this one is a good alternative,
> > > I'd say.

> > You're clearly quite mad.  Regardless of whether this script is
> > trivial to implement, it's not something anyone should be encouraged
> > to actually*use*.  CSS is the *best* feature of the HTML4 standard. 
> > Why would anyone in their right mind wish to strip nearly all the
> > logical structure markup out of a document?

> Uhh, it is to tweak the international copyright cartel, and the RIAA in
> particular.  They have written "cease and desist" letters to anyone who
> has a file names deCSS on their system.  This is an attempt to make such
> a filename so common that these letters are pointless, and possibly
> evidence of illegal activity.

If the intent is *only* as a political tool, I would agree that this
decss program achieves its aims fairly effectively; but it is in no way
a useful piece of *software*, which is what Emile seems to be arguing by
disagreeing that it's trivial to implement.  The question then is
whether we want to include programs in Debian which are useful only as
something other than software.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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