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Re: Free non-software stuff and what does it mean. [was Re: General Resolution: Force AMD64 into Sarge]



Don Armstrong wrote:
That is, if,

1. data format is known, and
2. data is under a free license according to DFSG

then such data is free according to DFSG.
    

If the work satisfies DFSG §2, then yes. If not, no.
  

Then maybe this is just a bunch of vapor. I don't think source code clause is even a starter for images, and other data. DFSG state explicitly,

   The *program* must include source code, and must allow distribution in source code as well as compiled form.

where the definition of *program* is,

Main Entry: 1pro·gram
Pronunciation: 'prO-"gram, -gr&m
Function: noun
Etymology: French programme agenda, public notice, from Greek programma, from prographein to write before, from pro- before + graphein to write -- more at CARVE
1 [Late Latin programma, from Greek] : a public notice
2 a : a brief usually printed outline of the order to be followed, of the features to be presented, and the persons participating (as in a public performance) b : the performance of a program; especially : a performance broadcast on radio or television
3 : a plan or system under which action may be taken toward a goal
4 : CURRICULUM
5 : PROSPECTUS, SYLLABUS
6 a : a plan for the programming of a mechanism (as a computer) b : a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism (as a computer) c : a sequence of coded instructions (as genes or behavioral responses) that is part of an organism



Clearly, only the 6th definition applies. Thus, source code clause of DFSG does not apply to non-program parts of package. It does not apply to "artistic" parts of the package (images, sounds, etc.).


- Adam

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