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Re: Bug#248853: 3270: 5250 emulation code, all rights reserved

I have reviewed the (very well-written -- kudos to Carey Evans)
copyright file in question.

On Thu, May 13, 2004 at 07:31:21PM +0100, Andrew Saunders wrote:
> On Thu, 13 May 2004 10:35:27 -0400 (EDT)
> Richard A Nelson <cowboy@debian.org> wrote:
> > Sigh... did you not notice from which pool this came ?


"Non-free" means "does not satisfy the DFSG, but is freely
distributable", not "all bets are off".

> Even Non-Free packages must as a minimum be legally distributable by
> the Project to qualify for inclusion in the archive. I'm surprised you
> could be a DD and yet not know this.

After witnessing the nuclear conflagration of clueless rhetoric about
the meaning of the Social Contract, I am sadly not surprised at all.

> > I'm all for constructive criticism; something I can take to upstream
> > - and he has done some work to improve the situation based upon
> > earlier conversations. However, knee-jerk responces (like this) will
> > be simply routed to /dev/null.
> If you disagree with my analysis of the situation, how about providing
> a coherent rebuttal as opposed to just dismissing my concerns out of
> hand?

Because that would require the package maintainer to think about his
packages's content and licensing instead of protecting Debian's honor
from "non-free flaming bigots".

I suggest you save your heroic defenses of useful software that "offends
the puritans" for situations where the facts are on your side.
Otherwise you merely reinforce the reputation certain self-described
"pragmatists" on the non-free issue are developing for carelessness and

> > If you wish to be helpful, I'll be happy to blast the copyright info
> > to debian-legal for further critique.  If you wish to just blather,
> > consider this a *plonk*.

Sadly, the blather in this instance seems to be coming from the package

Rick, I think you owe Andrew an apology.

G. Branden Robinson                |      Intellectual property is neither
Debian GNU/Linux                   |      intellectual nor property.
branden@debian.org                 |      Discuss.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |      -- Linda Richman

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