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Re: The political decision about non-free

Carlos Perelló Marín writes:
> We don't have software patents in Europe...

It appears that Unisys disagrees with you.  Do you want Debian to be a test
case?  The US export controls were probably invalid as well, but Debian did
not defy them.

While the LZW patents will expire soon, there are likely to be other
reasons to need non-eu (as well as non-us, non-jp, non-ca...).  IMHO it is
not reasonable to declare something non-free just because it is restricted
in a few countries, whether one of those countries is the US or not.
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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