Is Debian a common carrier? Was: package rejection
Andrew Suffield wrote:
It's more complicated than that. I think what you are talking about is
the fact that a common carrier is not responsible for the content that
it carries. However, if you edit the content you aren't acting as a
common carrier and then you become responsible for it. Some internet
providers attempt to act as common carriers, but depending on the
context courts have ruled that they are not.
Also, in much of the civilised world, once you start doing this you
suddenly acquire a legal responsibility to do it *right*, which you
wouldn't have had if you hadn't tried to do it.
I don't think we have the slightest chance of proving to any court that
Debian is a common carrier, given the several inches of policy manual
that specify the nature of the content, etc.