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Re: Google ads on debian.org

On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 14:22:48 -0500, Stephen Frost <sfrost@snowman.net> said: 

> * Martin Schulze (joey@infodrom.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   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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