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Re: GPL violates DFSG point 3

On Thu, Jun 01, 2006 at 05:55:14PM +1000, Andrew Donnellan wrote:
> On 6/1/06, Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:
> >[Note that this only applies to the GPL when it is serving as a
> >licence under which a work in Debian is released. Random inclusion of
> >the GPL otherwise is not allowed because it doesn't satisfy the DFSG.]
> The only exception is base-files, /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL is
> included even though base-files itself is under various licenses.
> However this would be an implicit exception.

Actually, the base-files package is under the GPL itself, so it's not
a random inclusion.  It applies to several copyrightable pieces like
/usr/share/doc/base-files/FAQ or /usr/share/doc/base-files/README.base
-- and even if it wasn't the case, you can take a random string of
bits, license it under the GPL and plop into the package.  You can do
that as every single license there is GPL-compatible.

In other words, no exception within the DFSG is needed.

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