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Re: Advice on packaging SAGE

On Thu, May 31, 2007 at 06:01:53PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> writes:
> > It is exactly because it is anyway wrong to not cite authors that it is
> > better to leave the requirement out of the licence. When we publish
> > scientific articles, we do not put a disclaimer on the top saying "if
> > you read this article, you must properly cite it if you re-use some
> > results or concepts in your research."
> > Having that kind or requirement in licences has multipls consequences:
> > - It makes the software non-compliant to the DFSG.
> Why?  I don't see anything in the DFSG that says that licenses may not
> require citing authors, and in fact many DFSG-free licenses require that
> one preserve copyright statements or authorship information.

I don't think we want to turn d-mentors into an alternate debian-legal. 

- Matt

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