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Re: [php-maint] Bug#692613: php5: non-free files in upstream tarball ("The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil")

On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 03:13:25PM +0200, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Mon, May 13, 2013 13:01, Ondrej Sury wrote:
> > OK, it's very much annoying (since the tarball is huge and the updated
> > module won't hit PHP 5.5), but I will comply.
> This seems like a paper exercise which I doubt is worth our efforts.

I do not think our social contract allows us to assess whether a DFSG violation
"is worth our efforts" on a case by case basis.

> I seems extremely unlikely that the author of the software could have a
> legally valid case where a judge would positively decide that a use case
> is objectively "Evil" and in violation of this license. I don't see a
> practical risk to anyones freedom being in jeopardy here.

Quite the opposite, in fact. Where a vague, indefinite concept is used to
describe a legal obligation, there is more leeway for either investigating
the parties' original intent or for judicial discretion, both of which fail
our users with regard to our promise of freedom of use.

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