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Re: [PROPOSAL] Full text of GPL must be included

On Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 06:21:50PM +0100, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Package: debian-policy
> RMS just asked me if it was true that all our packages don't include
> the GPL, just a reference to it, since that is a violation of the
> GPL itself. In his words:
> rms> I'm told that (some or all) Debian packages for GPL-covered programs
> rms> don't contain a copy of the GPL--just a reference.  See an example
> rms> below.
> rms> 
> rms> Is that accurate?  If so, it has to be fixed.  The GPL says that a
> rms> copy of the GPL must come with the package.  When you distribute a
> rms> whole system, once copy of the GPL in it is ok in principle; but when
> rms> a single package is distributed, it has to *come with* a copy
> rms> of the GPL.
> Reading the GPL section 3 says that for binaries the rules in sections 1
> and 2 also apply, and 1 states that a copy of the GPL has to be
> included..

Then we need a mechanism so that the packages can include it, but not
install it unless it isn't installed already.

/  Ben Collins  --  ...on that fantastic voyage...  --  Debian GNU/Linux   \
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