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Re: quake2 and german youth protection law

On 6/27/05, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> wrote:
> If one is to assume the strictest outcome (in debian-legal style) while
> still assuming that the content is not totally banned, one has to
> assume that interactive image programs are banned from persons under 18
> unless inspected and shown otherwise.

For our purposes, any restriction on redistribution which makes someone
liable for the actions of someone else is a big deal.

We also tend to view those issues rather conservatively (as in: don't change
what we're doing without an obviously good reason).

Then again, we can anticipate that there will be more of these issues in
the future:  Packages which a mirror operator might have some reason
to not want to distribute, for whatever reason (sometimes for really good
reasons, sometimes for reasons which make no sense whatsoever).

In the context of mirrors, I think we need to be alert for legal issues where 
simply stopping distribution of the afflicted package, (when an appropriately 
authorized person tells us there's a problem) is not likely to satisfy the law.


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