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Re: Bug#207932: Respect for Upstream Authors and Snippets of Interest

Barak Pearlmutter <barak@cs.may.ie> writes:

> Okay - that's not a bug because they're just little harmless
> snippets which are informative and interesting, are not functional,
> are *removable*, and merely accompany the package but do not
> constitute an integral part of it.  By long-standing Debian
> tradition their inclusion is considered reasonable and proper, and
> not a violation of policy.  Since this is the case, the burden of
> proof is upon you to demand such an serious change in Debian
> practice.  Certainly their removal goes far beyond the GFDL-related
> consensus reached by debian-legal, which was concerned with
> non-removable materials.

And for whatever it's worth, as long as I'm maintaining the packages,
these files will almost certainly not be removed unless there's some
overwhelmingly convincing reason, like debian-legal tells me it needs
to be done, there's a successful General Resolution passed on a
relevant topic, or they're removed from the upstream...

In any case, presuming debian-legal becomes satisfied that I don't
need to do anything about these files, I'll either mark this bug
wonfix, or more likely, close it.

(Just so there's no confusion, I am planning to accomodate whatever we
 decide with respect to the GFDLed files.)

Rob Browning
rlb @defaultvalue.org and @debian.org; previously @cs.utexas.edu
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