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Re: PDF files and dh_compress

Please, this time, obey the Followup-to to debian-legal.

Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> wrote:

> However, I do not want to argue, 

Yes. Please. Please do not argue before you've read the discussions we
already had on this.  I don't expect you to find any relevant new

> and your comment about the possibility
> that the PDF file might contain non-free fonts also makes sense. I will
> not include the PDF in my package.

Judging from the list of fonts included, it should be possible to
replace them by similar free fonts (Helvetica instead of Arial, a better
choice anyway, URW Courier instead of CourierNew, URW Times instead of

> As for the public domain, I thought I was on solid ground because work
> made by public servants in the USA is automatically public domain.
> However, I realised that the Standford university where the software has
> been released is private (correct me if I am wrong), thus the program
> can not be in public domain.

But it can be put into the public domain, or at least a state that's
equivalent in effect.  From a short look at the document and the web
page, though, it looks as if there's no license at all.  

This means that we do not have a permission to redistribute that file
(nobody has) and *must* remove it ASAP.

> I will document this in the copyright file, and ask the upstream author
> if he agrees to rephrase his statement.

The existing statement for the software is perfect, no need to rephrase
anything.  The non-existent statement for the Documentation is the

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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