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Re: Desert island test

Sean Kellogg <skellogg@gmail.com> writes:

> ------------------>8------------------
> Q: I've flouted your advice and written a new license. I strongly
> believe that it conforms to the DFSG and is a free software license.
> People on debian-legal don't seem to agree though. They give
> explanations for their decision which I find completely
> unconvincing. I keep trying to explain the flaws in their reasoning
> to them, but to no avail. Is there any way for me to compel Debian
> to accept that my license is free?
> A: No.
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> Nothing like being so sure of your own god-like status as to shutout
> debate

I don't see any implication of "god-like status". The question is
regarding an external party compelling Debian to accept a viewpoint;
it's not an arrogation of "god-like status" to say "No" to that.

> and deny the existence of a very clear method to compel Debian to
> accept the license... it's called a GR and has been used in just
> such a situation

The GR was used by Debian to make a decision about what action Debian
will take, just as all Debian GRs are. It's not a way for an external
party to impose their views on Debian from outside; an external party,
by definition, doesn't get to even *vote* in the GR, let alone compel
Debian to do anything.

So, the answer "No" is correct in the above Q&A.

 \     “I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at |
  `\      the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ...” —F. H. Wales, |
_o__)                                                             1936 |
Ben Finney

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