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Re: Mass bug filing: Cryptographic protection against modification

[As this is OT for -devel, please redirect replies to -legal. MFT set

On Tue, 04 May 2004, Florian Weimer wrote:
> A few packages contain "software" (well, everything's software these
> days) which is cryptographically protected against modification.
> This seems to violate DFSG §3.

Uh, if you're refering to the PGP keys and certificates inclosed in
these works, you really need to reread DFSG §3 very carefully.

Presumably the licenses[1] of these works allows modified works,
derived works, and distribution of said works. If it does, there is no
DFSG §3 violation.

Now, you might argue that DFSG §2 applies, and that we're not
distributing the source code for these works, but that's silly.

If you seriously think that we need a specific exception for these
works, then by all means propose a GR, but I think the meaning here is
perfectly clear and I'd be very surprised if anyone truly holds such a

Don Armstrong

1: Where there is one, because most of these things probably aren't
even copyrightable.
2: Not that they might not use it to argue, as you seem to be doing...
America was far better suited to be the World's Movie Star. The
world's tequila-addled pro-league bowler. The world's acerbic bi-polar
stand-up comedian. Anything but a somber and tedious nation of
socially responsible centurions.

-- Bruce Sterling, _Distraction_ p122


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