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Re: "remove this package from another developer" (was: Bug#251983: Please remove libcwd from main; it is licensed under the QPL, which is non-free.)

On Sat, Jul 10, 2004 at 09:54:04AM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Jul 2004, Andreas Barth wrote:
> > * Brian M. Carlson (sandals@crustytoothpaste.ath.cx) [040709 23:40]:
> > > debian-legal has adjudged the QPL non-free, and the maintainer refuses 
> > > to move this package to non-free; therefore, I am requesting its 
> > > removal in an effort to lower the number of RC bugs. See the -legal 
> > > discussion [0].
> > 
> > Sorry, but this is _not_ the way to go. You can't just request to
> > remove the packages of some other maintainer from the archive, just
> Yes, you can.  Whether the package should be removed or not, that's for the
> ftp-masters to decide.

They'll generally punt it to the QA team.

> That such kinds of bug reports could be done in a nicer way, well,
> that's probably true, but still...
> As far as licenses go, if the consensus in debian-legal is that something is
> non-free, you lose.

debian-legal is an undelegated advisory body. Ultimately, the final
decision lies with the archive maintainers.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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