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Re: incompatible licenses in the debian directory

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 01:06:27PM +0000, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> Paul Tagliamonte <paultag <at> debian.org> writes:
> > So, the way *I* see this is so long as the GPL code isn't being put into
> > a combined work with anything (e.g. GPL'd patches), it *should* be OK.
> Unfortunately, GPLv3 considers build scripts (thus, d/rules plus the
> input for the declarative dh* commands, plus d/control which is parsed
> by some, etc.) to be part of the “complete” source code.
> This means that even the previous maintainer was unable to legally
> upload the package with debian/* being GPLv3, unless he added an
> exception.

This is a GPL restriction. Since the upstream code isn't GPL, why are
you using a GPL argument about build scripts? -- in theory this would apply
to build scripts for the GPLv3'd debian/* files, but there are none that
I know of :)

> Make out of that, consequences-wise, whatever you want…
> just saying… there have been precedences of upstream being
> forced to relicence because they have distributed something
> they couldn’t under the choices they made themselves.
> bye,
> //mirabilos
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