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Bug#183860: On the GPL/GFDL conflict in texinfo.tex

On Tue, Dec 23, 2003 at 11:32:06PM -0500, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> Any file which builds with texinfo.tex missing or empty is OK as far as 
> this license conflict goes.  (The GFDL is still a non-free license, of 
> course, and I'm sad that sarge will deliberately contain lots of 
> non-free stuff, but that's another matter.)

> Sadly any .dvi, .pdf, or other file generated using TeX is an illegal 
> license combination and is undistributable.

Have you talked to upstream about this? If it is a problem, it's certainly
something that can be fixed, and is likely to be fixed quickly. If it's
not a problem, upstream has more experience with the legal issues that
matter, and will be able to explain it to us.

> Safer just to remove all that non-free GFDL stuff.

We're here to fix problems and provide a userful service to our users, not
to find excuses to remove stuff we've decided we dislike.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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