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Re: Remove an ITP

On Thu, Dec 22, 2005 at 10:48:00PM +0100, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Thu, December 22, 2005 20:01, Rog?rio Brito wrote:
> >> Packages are ready, but vamps can not enter in Debian, because the
> >> upstream author don't want to make public his real identity (now in
> >> debian/copyright I've a "Vamps Admin <email>", but this solution does
> >> not follow the Debian Policy....
> >
> > If the author is really reachable via that e-mail, I'd think that it
> > should be OK, but, unfortunately, I haven't read the sections of the Policy
> > regarding legal issues and I am certainly outdated on these issues.
> >
> > (Right after I wrote the paragraph above, I went to read the Policy
> > sections 2.3 and 12.5 and I don't quite see a problem regarding an upload
> > of these programs under a pseudonym).
> I'm pretty convinced that the anonimity of the upstream author shouldn't
> be an issue. We never check the identity of any upstream author, so any
> name could be a pseudonym, and some definately will be, only this author
> is open about it. We already have such software in the archive, such as
> nmap.
> It's probably best to send this issue to the debian-legal though to get
> some more advice. But in any case I wouldn't close the ITP because of this
> reason right now.
Indeed, nondisclosure of identity is one aspect of the "dissident
test", and I would find it inconsistent if Debian specifically
disallowed software written or modified by someone playing the part of
a dissident.

Clear skies,


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