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Re: Bug#210779: libtunepimp1: give me the license

On Mon, Sep 15, 2003 at 10:29:11PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:
> I fail to see any way to justify requiring every single package to bear a 
> copy of GPL without demanding that, if you make it possible to acquire 
> just a single file of a package, that file bore a copy of GPL as well.

Given about an hour (I already have most of the pieces, from a past
experiment), I can come up with a perl script which does precisely
that, given an http url to a debian archive, a package name, and a
file name. It'll be a little inefficient because of it, but it will
not download any byte belonging to any other file (in data.tar.gz)
from the server.

> This means, every single source file would have to include the full copy 
> of GPL (I have seen such monstrosities), and in fact, every single 
> _binary_ file should have the entire text of GPL embedded :p  Otherwise,
> you're breaking the GPL under your interpretation...

You mean "every possible byte range". I think you need the opposite of
DRM here ("enforced copying"? Is that even possible?).

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