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Re: The Helixcommunity RPSL is not DFSG-free

Rob Lanphier <robla@real.com> writes:

> I think I understand the "Chinese dissident" example, and it's
> actually illuminating, but as Russ points out, not at all captured
> in the DFSG. If it's important to the Debian community, it should
> probably be captured there.

The DFSG is an internal guide, and a statement to our users; it's not
really a statement to software purveyors, telling them the minimal
requirements of a license. 

Generally, it's a Debian *developer* that wants to include a package,
and the developer asks debian-legal "is this license OK", and after
discussion (sometimes very brief), if there are problems, the
developer starts talking with the purveyor.  This system works well.
Where it works poorly is when purveyors start telling us "please
distribute this", and then some get upset if we say "your license
doesn't meet our tests".

Think of it as a negotiation.

In any case, note that your license discriminates between modified and
unmodified versions, requiring public notice of the distribution of a
modified version, but not distribution of an unmodified version.  It
is this which contradicts the DFSG, and it is this which underlies the
Chinese Dissident example.


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