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Debconf5 paper licenses



Hi everybody!

Debconf5 should be finished now and I couldn't attend...  :-(
Thus, a few days ago I took a look at its website[1] and searched for
published papers to read.
I found the talks page[2] and some papers submitted by people who were
going to give a talk.
Sadly, their license status is really various and seldom DFSG-free.
I feel it as a pity that many papers presented at Debconf5 are
impossible[3] to ship in Debian main...
Unfortunately the call for papers[4] does not mandate DFSG-compliance
for the submitted papers.[5]

I think that the next Debconf6 should require DFSG-compliance for the
submitted papers.
Do you agree?


For Debconf5 instead, the situation was as follows a few days ago.
Some papers are released under the GNU GPL (good news).
Other papers are released under a non-free license or even have no
license at all (which implicitly means All Rights Reserved!).
Other papers are not released at all...

The license table is:

Paper title                      Author(s)                      License
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Debian release management        Andreas Barth                  no one
Debian Women and Women in...     E.Clark, M.Onsoien             no one
Multiarch - An a proposal...     Tollef Fog Heen             [no paper]
Debian-Kernel Team Overview...   Dann Frazier                   GPLv2+
"DFSG-free" panel discussion     Matthew Garrett              [no info]
Debian New Maintainer Process... Dafydd Harries              [no paper]
Securing the testing distr...    Joey Hess                       GPL
Linda - A Debian package...      Steve Kowalik                  no one
Debian Website Round Table       Frank Lichtenheld              no one
Are we really devoted to...      Margarita Manterola            no one*
Debian Installer - a...          C.Perrier, H.Levsen, J.Hess     GPL
Custom Debian Distributions      Andreas Tille               [no paper]
Debbugs, tips, tricks and hacks  Anthony Towns          CC-by-sa-v2.5**
Debtags                          Enrico Zini                    GPLv2+

* moreover no source is provided (unless Margarita prefers to write
directly in DVI...)

** this license has never been analysed on debian-legal but shares many
unsolved issued with CC-by-sa-v2.0, which was judged to be non-free[6]


I think that authors of unlicensed (and thus undistributable) papers, as
well as authors of non-free papers should be contacted and /politely/
asked to republish their paper in a DFSG-free manner.
Do you agree?
Any volunteer to help me in privately contacting authors?
There are only 6 papers to fix...


Notes:

[1] http://www.debconf.org/debconf5/
[2] http://www.debconf.org/debconf5/about/talks
[3] whether packaging Debconf papers and distributing them in Debian
is or isn't a good idea is entirely another question: what I'm concerned
of here is "would it be possible from a Policy point of view?"
[4] http://www.debconf.org/debconf5/news/call_for_papers
[5] I thought it did mandate a license, but, upon rereading it, I
noticed that the only statement that talks about licenses refers to live
presentation recordings (and not to papers).
[6] http://people.debian.org/~evan/ccsummary.html

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