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Re: Bug#202723: perl-doc: Non-free manpage included

On Mon, Jul 28, 2003 at 10:05:18PM +0200, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Don Armstrong <don@donarmstrong.com>
> > On Mon, 28 Jul 2003, Jakob Bohm wrote:
> > > This manpage (and a few others) are very important parts of the perl
> > > package documentation.  Separating it from perl is a non-option from
> > > the perspective of users.
> > It's already separated from perl into perl-doc.
> Then we cannot distribute it legally at all.

The requirement is "as part of the Standard Version of Perl, or as
part of its complete documentation, whether printed or otherwise".

Thus perl-doc qualifies, a subset named perl-doc-nonfree does not.

Note that several other manpages in perl-doc carry variations of
this license.  Most of them seem to be reprints from the Perl
Journal.  It appears that the publishers have tried to grant as
many freedoms as they could, while still being able to sell some
dead trees.

And while we are at it, historically many free software packages
(free as in almost limitless freedom) have included reprints of
journal articles and academic papers regarding their design,
often with similar or more restrictive conditions imposed by the
publisher of the printed version.

This message is hastily written, please ignore any unpleasant wordings,
do not consider it a binding commitment, even if its phrasing may
indicate so. Its contents may be deliberately or accidentally untrue.
Trademarks and other things belong to their owners, if any.

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