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Re: Bug#200003: cpp: contains non-free manpages

On Fri, Jul 04, 2003 at 10:18:50PM +0200, Matthias Klose wrote:
> AFAIK the distribution of
> license texts is allowed in main, even if the license itself is
> non-free.

This would seem to be only common sense.

If I take it upon myself to educate the world about the evil and stupidity
of the EULA of the Infinidim Corporation, I might release a package
containing infinidim-eula(7), unmodified from its original distributed
form.  (Along with separate treatises like why-infinidim-is-stupid(7)
and except-for-the-gray-skin-they-look-just-like-vogons(7).)

Even though the Infinidim EULA is a non-free license, that shouldn't
preclude us from distributing the /test/ of the license, only software
released /under/ that license.  (Assuming, of course, that the EULA doesn't
prohibit copying of the EULA itself, which would be a remarkably stupid
thing to do, and certainly doesn't apply to the actual texts in question.)

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater
than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace.  We seek
not your counsel, nor your arms.  Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you;
and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.            - Samuel Adams

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