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Re: A possible approach in "solving" the FDL problem

On Thu, Aug 14, 2003 at 12:16:39AM +0900, Fedor Zuev wrote:
> 	The same as for the backup of any other content: from
> proprietary program to temporary files for which you do not have
> explicit licences just because they are temporary files, for example
> emails.
> 	If you practise to made backups - then you have some legal
> basis to do so.
> 	If you happens to live in the country where that legal basis
> not exists .... well, that is certainly NOT a problem of licence.
> Public licences can not and shall not be a universal cure for any
> legal stupidity exists or may be invented in the world. Or, you
> should be coherent and call non-free any licence which not provide
> effective counter-measure for DMCA, UCITA, PATRIOT Act, EU Copyright
> directives, TRIPS and so on. In other words, ALL licences.

Ah, he's arguing a "Fair Use" exemption from the requirements of the GNU

Interesting.  As far as I know, the Debian Project has never before had
to rely on such a legal theory to exercise fundamental freedoms for
software under a license we regarded as "Free".

This "Fair Use" argument is likely to fly quite well in, say, the United

G. Branden Robinson                |
Debian GNU/Linux                   |         De minimis non curat lex.
branden@debian.org                 |
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