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Re: Non-free files in source packages?

On Wed, 05 Jan 2005, Simon Josefsson wrote:
> Are there any policies surrounding what may go into the source
> packages, that Debian distribute, as far as license is concerned?

Yes. The source packages for things that are in main and contrib must
satisfy the DFSG.
> Do Debian consider it problematic if source packages include, say,
> RFCs, which, if I understand correctly, are considered non-free by
> Debian otherwise?

Post-sarge, RFCs with the traditional "no modification" license will
be non-free and will need to be moved from the orig.tar.gz and/or the

> Otherwise, how do Debian handle the situation when the RFC is
> parsed, and become part of the implementation?  In other words,
> where the GPL require that you distribute the RFC because it is the
> preferred "source code" to make modifications to.

The above situation is one where the work is not distributable at all
until the depenency on the RFC is removed, as the RFC itself cannot be
distributed under the terms of the GPL.

Don Armstrong

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its
freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it
values more, it will lose that, too.
 -- W. Somerset Maugham

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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