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Re: Bug#207932: Statement that all of Debian needs to be Free?

On Fri, Jun 17, 2005 at 10:13:39PM +0200, Jérôme Marant wrote:
> They are out of the scope of the DFSG. They are neither programs nor
> documentation: they are speeches and articles which are logically
> non modifiable without the consent of their author.

Sorry, you're wrong.  The Social Contract states that everything in
Debian must be free, with the DFSG being the guidelines to determine
whether a work is free.  This has been discussed at extreme length,
culminating in SC2004-003, which affirmed that everything in Debian
must be free, regardless of whether it's labelled "program", "software",
"documentation", "data", "font", "manifesto", "speech", "article"
or anything else.  Streams of bits, regardless of content, must be
freely modifiable, with the sole exception of license texts, or they
can not be in Debian.

I don't feel this is an interesting line of debate; you're arguing
as if you missed the thousands of messages leading up to and surrounding
SC2004-003, and I don't feel compelled to repeat those discussions.
The Social Contract and the DFSG apply to everything in Debian, not
just the parts that are convenient to you.

Glenn Maynard

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