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Re: Sun Java available from non-free

Wouter Verhelst <wouter@grep.be> wrote:

> On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 02:43:31PM +0200, Michael Meskes wrote:
>> On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 01:35:33PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>> > Try as I might, and considering how lawyers and judges are human beings
>> > and not automatons, I can't see any realistic scenario in which we could
>> > be sued and lose a case in relation to this license. Do you?
>> Yes, I do, but not for distributing it.
> What, prey tell, does Debian do in relation to the non-free archive that
> does not involve "distributing"?
> Remember that for non-free, we provide no guarantee except for the
> notice that we're allowed to distribute. We don't even guarantee that
> some end-user might actually be legally allowed to use the software.

As I read the Java license, we *do* guarantee something:  We guarantee to
Sun that we will take responsibility for any damage that our operating
system causes, with unchanged Java installed, even if the problem is not
related to Java.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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