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Re: Bug#726393: general: Possible malware infections in source packages

On Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:59:33 +0200, Dominik George <nik@naturalnet.de>
>Marc Haber <mh+debian-devel@zugschlus.de> schrieb:
>>On Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:19:38 +0200, "Thijs Kinkhorst"
>><thijs@debian.org> wrote:
>>>I'm missing why the package cannot use the EICAR test virus signature
>>>its purposes.
>>eicar.com does not have a distributable license.
>I do not think it is actually copyrightable software. It is a string that was agreed in to trigger antivirus scanners, so it is more or less a protocol. Consider the downloads at eicar.com reference implementations.

Obviously. German copyright law was changed in the 1990ies to
explicitly include even the most trivial programming work ("kleine

Eicar.com is undoubtedly programming work, and given it being short, a
working DOS program _and_ printable at the same time I do not have any
doubt that the program would pass as a "Schöpfung" in a court of law.
Maybe even as a work of art instead of a work of programming.

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