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DFSG-freeness issues and "sarge-ignore"

Branden Robinson wrote, in http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2003/debian-project-200310/msg00156.html:

On Tue, Oct 21, 2003 at 12:32:11AM +1000, Martin Michlmayr - Debian Project Leader wrote:
However, I don't want to use this example to justify further
violations; I'm also not happy that some people think the current GFDL
discussion might imply that all issues about non-freeness can be
treated as "sarge-ignore".  This is certainly not the case!

Can you explain what the policy is for which non-freeness issues *will*
be regarded as "sarge-ignore"?

For example, a sensible and well-founded policy would be:

If it is expected that the non-freeness issue will be resolved purely by the upstream author(s) making licensing changes and/or clarifications, but that this might take longer than the time to release sarge -- then the bug may be tagged "sarge-ignore", because the package is going to be free, even if it isn't right now. However, if the package is not freely distributable, the bug may not be tagged "sarge-ignore" in any case.

This obviously isn't the policy currently being used.  Unfortunately.

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