Re: Bug#220464: gimp: LZW patent is still valid in Europe and Japan
Adrian Bunk wrote:
Section 2.2.3 of your policy says:
Packages must be placed in _non-free_ or _non-US/non-free_ if they are
not compliant with the DFSG or are encumbered by patents or other
legal issues that make their distribution problematic.
This section clearly states, that packages that "are encumbered by
patents" must go to non-free. The "their distribution problematic" only
refers to the "other legal issues".
Ah. I parsed it as (patents that make their distribution problematic)
or (other issues that make their distribution problematic).
Maybe we need more operator precedence in English..
In any case, I've brought this up to upstream several times, and each
time they've given a very uncaring attitude back. I suppose all that we
can do is to constantly remove the code from the .orig.tar.gz for every
version for the future, but we need replacement gif and tiff plug-ins.
Still, it's very unclear exactly which countries have to have patents on
an algorithm to make it go into non-free. Do we care, as a silly
example, if China or Uzbekistan have patents on printing "Hello,
world"? Would we have to put GNU hello into non-free because people in
China then couldn't legally distribute Debian?