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Bug#244289: xball: Package includes non-free source code.

Package: xball
Severity: serious


The package xball contains the source file act_area.c and the license
for it is the following:

    Written by Dan Heller.  Copyright 1991, O'Reilly && Associates.
    This program is freely distributable without licensing fees and
    is provided without guarantee or warrantee expressed or implied.
    This program is -not- in the public domain.

In my opinion (and some others after a short talk on IRC) is that this
is non-free as it doesnt allow modification. "look but dont touch".

Hence this is non-free and the package should be moved out of main
before we release sarge. Or this issue gets solved.

Note: The Debian Maintainer of xball is one of my NMs, so I know he is
working on this. This bug is merely that this issue isnt lost.

Note2: Upstream was already contacted and sent a statement about his
opinions. Which I dont share. But I dont want to make private mails
public, so it isnt attached, instead I set a CC to him so he can attach
his comment to this bug.

debian-legal is in CC to get another opinion on this matter.

bye Joerg
[Es geht um MySQL]
(14:35) <Lam_al_Adie> grummel. als ob ein subselect so kompliziert waere.
(14:35) <maxx> als ob mysql eine db wäre...
(14:35) <plaisthos> relationales textfile auf drogen? :0

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