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DFSG#10 [was: Re: Draft Debian-legal summary of the LGPL]

On Wed, 12 May 2004 09:27:49 -0700 Josh Triplett wrote:

> For that matter, the same applies to the currently-posted summary of
> the GPL.  At the moment, the summary just states that the GPL passes
> the DFSG because it is explicitly listed in DFSG 10.  It would be
> highly preferable to compare the GPL against DFSG 1-9 as if 10 wasn't
> there, as a consistency check: we don't want 10 to act as an exception
> to the rest of the DFSG, only as an example of some licenses that pass
> the rest of the DFSG.

Agreed, fully.

I'm not quite happy with DFSG#10:

* it lists some examples of free licenses, but it doesn't specify which
versions/variants it's talking about (GPL v2 or another? n-clause BSD
with n=? Original or clarified Artistic?)

* it's subject to changes (some issue with one of those licenses might
come up in the future, who knows?)

* it could be misinterpreted as a rule, rather than a clarification by
examples (sort of)

I'd say that sort of information shouldn't belong in the DFSG: IMHO it
would fit much better in informative pages such as

What do you think?

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