Re: Google ads on debian.org
On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 14:22:48 -0500, Stephen Frost <email@example.com> said:
> * Martin Schulze (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>> If you seek to generate income with your website, then it's not a
>> not-for-profit one anymore but a for-profit one and is actually
>> commercial. Several of our sponsors are universities which have
>> strict profit/non-profit policies. For sure, my university had to
>> terminate providing a mirror once such advertisments occur. I'm
>> pretty sure about a similar policy in Dresden where the mirror
>> www.de.debian.org is located.
> Bringing in money, however it is done, does not mean you're
> for-profit or not-for-profit. Your concern about mirrors is valid
> and should be pursued and considered, so how about we do that
> instead of waving hands and saying what might happen. Indeed, it
> might make some sense to have a policy regarding what will be on
> master so that our mirrors understand what they're getting in to.
> This would likely involve such gems as "master is in the US and
> therefore the laws of the US are what govern what's on it and these
> laws may allow for content not legal in your country." I think this
> is actually implicit to some extent already, but it wouldn't hurt to
> have it spelled out. As has been mentioned elsewhere, it's
> technically possible to perhaps work around some of these issues by,
> say, having 'with ads' and 'without ads' directories and allowing
> the mirrors to decide if they're willing to help support SPI/Debian
> or not through the ads.
What possible benefit accrues from the ads that would justify
this kind of effort? In this context all I see is a rahter negative
corrupting effect of money.
A friend of mine won't get a divorce, because he hates lawyers more
than he hates his wife.
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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