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Re: License issues with fortune packages?

On Mon, Dec 18, 2000 at 05:00:43PM +0100, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> I am considering packaging a couple of fortune packages (for those who
> don't know, fortune is a program which displays random "fortune
> cookes" from a fortune file).  However, some of those a quotes from
> movies, like matrixfortunes, fortune-starwars etc is this a license
> problem, or are quotes ok to be redistributed?  (Usually, at least in
> Norway, you can quote anything you want, but I'm not sure about
> collections of quotes.)
> Please keep me on the Cc list as I don't read debian-legal.

Brief quotations, such as a few lines of dialogue, fall under the Fair Use
exception to copyright in the U.S., and most Berne Convention countries,

G. Branden Robinson             |
Debian GNU/Linux                |      Music is the brandy of the damned.
branden@debian.org              |      -- George Bernard Shaw
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