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Re: Non-free files in source packages?

Simon Josefsson wrote:

Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> writes:

On Wed, 05 Jan 2005, Simon Josefsson wrote:

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.

That is a clear answer.  Alas, in some situations, it may be difficult
to remove that dependency.  For example, Libidn derive data tables
from RFC 3454.

In the case of data tables, in many jurisdictions, a mere collection of facts is not copyrightable; the classic example is a telephone directory (everything in it is an uncreative fact; that there are thousands of them, which may have taken a lot of effort to gather, is immaterial).

It may be the case that the data could be plucked from the RFC and freely distributed, albeit only in places that don't allow 'sweat of the brow' copyrights.

Lewis Jardine

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