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Re: Licenses for DebConf6

Scripsit David Nusinow <david_nusinow@verizon.net>

>> > Debconf requires non-exclusive publication rights to papers,
>> > presentations, and any additional handouts or audio/visual materials
>> > used in conjunction with the presentation. The authors have the
>> > freedom to pick a DFSG-free license for the papers themselves and
>> > retain all copyrights.

> I agree with and support the decision of the organizers to allow any
> DFSG-free license for the papers to be acceptable.

The point of the discussion is not whether authors should be *allowed*
to licence their papers DFSG-freely. Everybody agrees that that is a
good thing.

The disagreement is about whether authots should be *forced* to
licence their papers DFSG-freely, under threat of exclusion from the

> That they are mandating this is acceptible and is to be encouraged

They are *not* mandating a DFSG-free license. All they are mandating
is that the conference gets non-exclusive publications rigthts.

Henning Makholm       "`Update' isn't a bad word; in the right setting it is
                 useful. In the wrong setting, though, it is destructive..."

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