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Re: Lost sources [was: Re: scientific paper in package only in postscript form non-free?]

On Fri, 18 Mar 2011, Don Armstrong wrote:
Yes, but this isn't something that a sane upstream is ever going to
do, so it's not worth discussing much. [And frankly, if it's something
that upstream does do, one should strongly question whether Debian
should actually be distributing the work in question anyway.]

It can actually happen.  Consider the case where someone edits an audiovisual
work using uncompressed video and audio files, then deletes them when he's
done because they take up too much space.  Plenty of sane people will do this.

(This situation also results in works which cannot be GPLed, if the original
creator still has the uncompressed files and refuses to distribute them due
to lack of bandwidth.  GPL may not work too well when the source code is
hundreds of times the size of the binary.)

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