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Re: Bug#200411: www.debian.org: confusing description of non-US sections



On Thu, Jul 17, 2003 at 11:45:39AM +0200, Matt Kraai wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 16, 2003 at 06:46:15PM +0000, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
> > Patented software does not have to be patent-encumbered (for example, we
> > have many programs and libraries in both main and non-US/main that use
> > CAST5 [0], which is patented). Patent-encumbered software would use
> > things like LZW, which is non-free because of the licensing that is
> > required to use it. CAST5's RFC [0] states:
> > 
> >   The CAST-128 cipher described in this document is available worldwide
> >   on a royalty-free basis for commercial and non-commercial uses.
> > 
> > 
> > I'd further point out that packages relegated to non-US purely because
> > of US patents are not usable in the US, which is something that
> > traditionally non-US/main has been. Also, for example, if LZW had
> > just a year left to expire on it in the US, instead of in Germany, would
> > we relegate it to non-US/main? I hope not.
> 
> Would the the descriptions be correct if the following patch was
> applied?
> 
> *** packages.wml.~1.52.~	Tue Jul  8 17:25:45 2003
> --- packages.wml	Thu Jul 17 11:34:47 2003
> ***************
> *** 27,34 ****
>         restricting use or redistribution of the software.</dd>
>       <dt><em>Non-US/Main</em></em></dt>
>         <dd>Packages in this area are free themselves but cannot be
> !       stored on a server in the U.S. because they are encumbered by
> !       patent issues.</dd>
>       <dt><em>Non-US/Non-Free</em></dt>
>         <dd>Packages in this area have some onerous license condition
>         restricting use or redistribution of the software.  They cannot
> --- 27,33 ----
>         restricting use or redistribution of the software.</dd>
>       <dt><em>Non-US/Main</em></em></dt>
>         <dd>Packages in this area are free themselves but cannot be
> !       exported from a server in the U.S.</dd>
>       <dt><em>Non-US/Non-Free</em></dt>
>         <dd>Packages in this area have some onerous license condition
>         restricting use or redistribution of the software.  They cannot
> 

I would be fine with this.

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Brian M. Carlson <sandals@crustytoothpaste.ath.cx> 0x560553e7
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