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



On Fri, 21 May 2004 18:31:44 -0400 Glenn Maynard wrote:

> Of course, the "not comfortable" in the message you replied to was
> referring to grandfathering, not to the freeness of the GPL, so it
> didn't really make much sense as a reply.

Yes. Thank you for highlighting this (just in case it wasn't clear
enough).

To clarify once and for all:

I'm *not* against the GNU GPL.
Even if I see some of the issues that came up (like the one about clause
2c)...

I simply stated that I'm not quite happy if DFSG#10 is interpreted as
"these licenses are considered free, whatever they say".
As I said, I'm a bit uncomfortable with the `grandfathering' operation:
"we make exceptions" could become a slippery slope (hence my example of
a person who tries to persuade d-l to make an exception for his
favourite non-free license as well).

I'd be much more happy if the GNU GPL were ruled DFSG-free on the basis
of DFSG#1-9. That's it.


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