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Re: Content Rating System - DFSG-free?

Is this an issue relating to the software license, or just to the general spirit of the DFSG?

It would be nice if the rating system could be opt-in, warning based, easy to opt out of, etc. But as long as the software is Free, users can recompile it without the rating system... The point being that this doesn't seem like a legal issue.


Daniel J. Hakimi
B.S. Philosophy, RPI 2012
B.S. Computer Science, RPI 2012
J.D. Cardozo Law 2015

On Thu, Jun 27, 2019, 08:09 Bagas Sanjaya <bagasdotme@gmail.com> wrote:

In discussion about Content Rating System (CRS) implementation in debian-devel mailing list, Gard Spreemann questioned 
whether CRS would conflict with DFSG:
Bagas Sanjaya <bagasdotme@gmail.com> writes:

> Regarding freedom, yes it can be affected by CRS because CRS can limit freedom to use programs for some users
> (particularly non-adults). But CRS limit such freedom in order to protect psychology users for long term from negative
> impacts of programs they used.

Surely this would be a direct conflict with the DFSG?
However, DFSG is only applied to software licenses, not software usage. IMO, when DFSG is applied to the usage of CRS, the CRS wouldn't satisfy DFSG #6 (No Discrimination against Fields of Endeavor) and DFSG #5 (No Discrimination against Persons or Groups). Why? Because when CRS is applied into Debian, and suppose that a child user wants to install game package which rated for teen, the CRS system will reject the installation, and thus restrict the package from being used by children. What are your opinions/thoughts/positions about CRS and is it DFSG-free, in sense of usage? Regards, Bagas.

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