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Re: A possible GFDL compromise

On Sun, Aug 24, 2003 at 08:32:08PM -0400, David B Harris wrote:
> On Sun, 24 Aug 2003 16:54:53 -0500
> Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> wrote:
> > If "make or" were stricken, and perhaps some clarification added to
> > ensure that secure transport channels between distributor and
> > distributee were not a problem, this particular problem might go away.
> I disagree, the wording is far too vague, even with that modification.
> It opens distributors up to lawsuits that may very well be lost if they
> do something like, say, distribute it in an archive format which has a
> new type of (very effective) compression which may be publically
> documented but isn't actually implemented anywhere other than the
> distributor's own software.

Okay.  I don't yet have a strong feel for how easy it is to fix; I just
know it's a problem for DFSG-compliance.

G. Branden Robinson                |    A committee is a life form with six
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    or more legs and no brain.
branden@debian.org                 |    -- Robert Heinlein
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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