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Re: Are ‘UniProt’ records complying with the DFSG ?

Le Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:50:15PM -0400, Yaroslav Halchenko a écrit :
> unfortunately IMHO we (Debian) are not in position to provide such legal
> service to the community as to claim that something is not copyrightable
> (e.g., are you sure it is not in all jurisdictions?) in contradiction to
> the author's original copyright/license claim.  We can only
> contact "upstream" and try clarifying/changing various license issues
> (in my case above the author is already R.I.P...  heh), strip such
> questionable materials or complement them by shipping in non-free... I
> see no other way around.

Le Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 07:21:35AM +0200, Florian Weimer a écrit :
> There's a notice at the top which explains that the FAQ has been
> superseded.  It doesn't appear to be a mere policy matter, the legal
> analysis seems rather incomplete.

Thanks for your comments.  I have contacted the UniProt consortium about the
UniProt records in EMBOSS, to ask them if they consider them copyrightable, and
if it is not the case, if they could provide a replacement such as test data
distributed under a Free license.

If this does not work, I will ask for the removal of EMBOSS and re-upload to

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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