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Re: MPlayer DFSG compatibility status

Glenn Maynard <g_deb@zewt.org> writes:

> More importantly, the DFSG talks about required freedoms.  If freedoms
> for a work are actively being restricted by eg. trademark or patent law,
> then the work is just as non-free as if they were restricted by copyright.
> For example, if the Official Use Logo was placed under a permissive
> copyright license, but maintained strict restrictions under trademark
> law, then the freedoms required by the DFSG are not available--it would
> still not be DFSG-free.

Actually, I believe it still would be DFSG-free.  You are right in
general that it doesn't matter which law is being used to impinge
freedom.  But a free Official Use Logo could (I think) be written in
such a way as to be clearly DFSG-free, given that we already allow
labelling and naming restrictions.

So we can permit people to modify the bottle, but still not use it for
non-Official things, and that doesn't imping freedom, just as people
can use and modify the special code for the TeX logo, but they can't
apply it to anything that doesn't pass Trip.


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