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Re: Documentation licenses (GFDL discussion on debian-legal)

Steve Langasek <vorlon@netexpress.net> writes:

> On Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 10:01:28PM -0500, David Turner wrote:
> >> Licensing aside, why would (and should) Debian distribute famous novels?
> >> An installer for famous novels (c.f. gutenbook), sure, but why the
> >> novels themselves?
> > Because people might want them.  Because apt-get install
> > alice-in-wonderland would be cool.  Better: why not?  
> Because it's out of scope of Debian's charter.

There's nothing wrong with distributing non-software in Debian, as
long as it's still DFSG free.  One important reason for having that
rule for non-software too is so that our users can completely
understand a basic minimal set of freedoms without having to look at
the details of each separate item.

If we start allowing this or that non-free category of stuff, then we
force users to start keeping track of which category is which, and
that's a royal pain.

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