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Re: [Discussioni] OSD && DFSG convergence

On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 09:56:00AM -0500, Russell Nelson wrote:

> The DFSG has a problem.  It fails to admit that there is unlicensed
> software which belongs in Debian.  Rather than amend it, you're
> interpreting its ambiguity to mean what you want.  That's fine, but
> what do you do when someone comes along and interprets its ambiguity
> to mean what *they* want?  And then they insist that their software
> MUST go into Debian.  If you refuse, they will sue you for reliance
> (they created this software for this express purpose of putting it
> into Debian, relying on the DFSG to mean what it says, not what you
> say it says.  You will harm their business if you refuse to go by the
> plain meaning of the DFSG).

... Which would be complete and utter bullshit, because Debian has never
represented, *anywhere*, that it will package all software someone
releases under a DFSG-compliant license.  Anyone who would sue Debian for
such a reason is, prima facie, a litigious idiot who does not warrant
consideration when evaluating whether Debian is exposing itself to

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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