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Re: Licenses for DebConf6

(FWIW, this is probably more of a d-project thing; d-legal is more about
figuring out whether licenses are free and safe.)

On Fri, Nov 11, 2005 at 12:24:58AM +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > DebConf papers will not be distributed in main.

Why not (and "says who")?  If they're worth anything at all, they sure seem
like a decent thing to want to package--much more so than a lot of what
seems to be packaged these days.

> I cannot fully understand why, but I take note of it.
> Are you concerned that less papers would be submitted to DebConf6 with
> such a rule?
> In case you are: why aren't you similarly concerned that less packages
> will be distributed in main, if we care "too much" about Freeness
> issues?

His argument appears to be "we don't *have* to do this, therefore we
shouldn't", which isn't much of an argument.  (FWIW, I don't have a strong
opinion either way; I just happen to find Henning's arguments--at least,
those you've quoted--to be empty.)

FYI, a possible response might be: "we care about freeness, but we pick
our battle, and our battle is Debian main".  I care about starving children,
but I don't donate the majority of every check to feed them: there are lots
of good causes, and the fact that everybody has to pick and choose their
causes doesn't mean people "don't care enough".  (That said, I don't agree
with that response: it should be no big deal for people to freely license
their papers, so they can be packaged later in Debian.  This isn't a big,
difficult fight.)

Glenn Maynard

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