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I want doc-rfc in Woody! (license issues)


I understand that the latest RFCs have a license that might probably 
be intended to, but clearly be interpreted as _not_ to comply with the DFSG.
(See http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=92810&repeatmerged=yes)

If this interpretation is general consensus between the wise men of 
debian-legal then maybe the DPL should mail ISC if they change their
license or at least clarify it, as proposed in the bug report.

Anyway, as I don't like to see this package dropped from woody I propose
that the maintainer, or I (as NMU) simple re-uploads the package into
non-free. I know that then it's officially not "in Debian", too, but at least
most distributers and FTP mirrors will carry it.



Quoting Branden Robinson from the bug report for easier discussion:
> From /usr/share/doc/doc-rfc/copyright:
>   However, this document itself may not be modified in any way, such as
>   by removing the copyright notice or references to the Internet Society
>   or other Internet organizations, except as needed for the purpose of
>   developing Internet standards in which case the procedures for
>   copyrights defined in the Internet Standards process must be followed,
>   or as required to translate it into languages other than English.
> This license only allows modification if:
> 1) you're translating it into a language other than English; OR
> 2) it's for the purpose of developing Internet standards AND you are
> following the procedures for copyrights defined in the Internet
> Standards process.
> This license fails both DFSG 3 and DFSG 6.
> The package maintainer contends that "the license is clearly DFSG-free".

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