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Re: Distribution of media content together with GPLv2 code in one package?

On Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:01:04 +0200 Miriam Ruiz wrote:

> 2010/4/5 Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it>:
> > Steve, please clarify your interpretation of the DFSG.
> > It sounds very awkward to me.
> Even though it might sounded ackward when I first read this, Steve can
> have a point here. If I am understanding correctly, he's referring to
> the difference of meaning between the terms "software" and "program".

I am very aware of this distinction: I myself use the term "software"
in its broad sense.
I even wrote an essay to explain this:

> DFSG applies to everything Software, but DFSG#2 explicitly applies
> only to computer programs.
> I'm not really sure if I really agree with the implications of Steve's
> interpretation of DFSG#2, but I have to admit that it might make
> sense, and that the answer is not obvious for me.

I don't agree with the implications of Steve's interpretation, since
they would mean that *almost nothing* in the DFSG apply to non-programs.
Again, see my unanswered questions:

The fact is that GR-2004-003 amended the Social Contract in order to
make it clear that the DFSG apply to all works, be they programs or
But unfortunately it did not amend the DFSG themselves, in order to
make them less program-specific in their explanations.
I am convinced that this was a formal flaw, that should *not* be
considered as changing the meaning of GR-2004-003.
A flaw that should be fixed by amending the DFSG, *not* by claiming
that the majority of the DFSG do not apply to non-programs.

I hope this clarifies my personal position.

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..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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