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Re: CAcert Licensing and Inclusion in Debian main

These certs were removed from Debian a month ago. Perhaps you'd be
interested in the recent thread on devel:



On Tue, Apr 01, 2014 at 09:58:33PM -0500, Michael Shuler wrote:
> Hello,
> I have reopened #687693, as I believe that I was in error by
> ignoring the CAcert Root Distribution License. I closed that bug in
> order to maintain status quo, but have continued to feel that I was
> wrong in doing so, based on several points in the Social Contract. I
> am seeking a legal determination on whether the CAcert RDL follows
> the DFSG or is non-free.
> Additional questions about CAcert's inclusion in ca-certificates
> were raised in #718434. As a result of those questions and history,
> Ubuntu removed CAcert's root certificates from ca-certificates and
> nss in LP: #1258286. Prompted by Ubuntu's removal, my understanding
> that that redistribution did not follow DFSG, and the other issues
> presented, I removed the CAcert root certificates from
> ca-certificates. #741561 is seeking a possible re-introduction of
> CAcert's roots in Debian and would require proper judgement on
> licensing, prior to proceeding.
> I am familiar with the premise that SSL certificates may be seen as
> un-copyrightable, however, CAcert has (I assume with legal advice)
> intentionally burdened their root certificates with a license which
> claims copyright, as well as, by several opinions, verbiage that
> makes it non-free.
> I strongly believe that ignoring the CAcert RDL, in order to
> maintain status quo, is not the ethical thing to do for Debian, and
> I would enjoy some legal guidance. Thanks for your time.
> https://bugs.debian.org/687693
> http://www.cacert.org/policy/RootDistributionLicense.php
> https://bugs.debian.org/718434
> https://bugs.debian.org/741561
> -- 
> Kind regards,
> Michael Shuler
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