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Re: transformations of "source code"



On Fri, Mar 07, 2003 at 12:37:49PM -0500, Jeremy Hankins wrote:
> Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:
> > I considered that but I'm not sure how much of a threat it really is.
> 
> Perhaps so, but in that case you should probably remove the bit about
> availability of encryption keys as well.  After all, the line between
> them is fairly fuzzy (think of css reading software for an example).

No, I think the "Content Scramble System" is pretty universally regarded
as a form of encryption.

> Obfuscated but lossless transformations needn't be any easier to get
> clear than encryption.

I'm still not convinced how practical a threat this is; anyone serious
about trying to cause trouble will use encryption rather than
obfuscation.

> Presumably one could reasonably be expected to have (or have access
> to) a computer and OS, as well as tar & gzip.  But yes, it's a fuzzy
> line.

I think it's a bad idea to refer to specific technologies, like tar and
gzip, in licenses.

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G. Branden Robinson                |     Human beings rarely imagine a god
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     that behaves any better than a
branden@debian.org                 |     spoiled child.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Robert Heinlein

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