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Re: Desert island test (was: Questions about liblouis)

Ben Finney wrote:
>Marco d'Itri <md@Linux.IT> writes:
>> johnhalton@gmail.com wrote:
>> >This fails the "desert island test", and so the package is non-free.
>> The "desert island test" is just something which was invented a few
>> years ago by some debian-legal@ posters
>In other words, the "desert island test" is a way of expressing a
>commonly-encountered freeness problem with license terms, in a way
>that doesn't require the entire thing spelled out every time.
>It seems quite appropriate for it to be referenced here, since the OP
>is asking the opinion of debian-legal.

So long as you add the rider that some of the debian-legal subscribers
believe it (and some of the other common "tests") are ridiculously
contrived and bogus.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"...In the UNIX world, people tend to interpret `non-technical user'
 as meaning someone who's only ever written one device driver." -- Daniel Pead

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