As I understand it, the sole purpose of this package is to download non-free firmware. This fits into 'contrib', not 'main', since it depends on non-free software for its ultimate operation. Packages like this are given as an example of packages for contrib. From Policy 2.2.2:
Hm, that is close to the case of mISDN's "loadfirm" utility. The consensus back then was that splitting off a (free) firmware loader from a free package was not worth the effort required (after all, we're not violating licenses here); also IMO it is a bit counterproductive, as people wishing to write free firmware would have to get the firmware loader from contrib then.
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