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Re: Bug#212525: Package contains non-free GNU FDL material

On Fri, Sep 26, 2003 at 10:31:59AM -0700, Brian Nelson wrote:
> Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:
> > On Wed, Sep 24, 2003 at 02:40:07PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >> 	I did. I feel my packages are not buggy, lacking a position
> >>  statement by the project.
> >
> > So, what we ship in main shall not be a function of whether the works in
> > it are DFSG-free or not, but shall instead depend on whether or not the
> > Debian Project has passed a General Resolution specifically withdrawing
> > them.
> If the software has been in Debian since the beginning and has always
> had non-free political texts (AIUI, this is true of GNU/Emacs and
> probably other various older GNU software), I think that's a reasonable
> stance.

Even if a legitimate position, that's not a complete solution to the
problem.  The FSF has been relicensing GNU Manuals that were previously
under DFSG-free terms under the GNU FDL, and adding Invariant Sections
to manuals that previously had none.

This fact has been documented several times on the debian-legal mailing
list.  Examples include the GAWK Manual, the GDB Manual, the GNU Make
Manual, the Texinfo Manual.

G. Branden Robinson                |     I suspect Linus wrote that in a
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     complicated way only to be able to
branden@debian.org                 |     have that comment in there.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Lars Wirzenius

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