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Advertisement clauses (Re: DEP-5 meta: New co-driver; current issues)

Le Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 08:59:11PM -0500, Peter Samuelson a écrit :
> [Lars Wirzenius]
> > * a "Comment" field would be good
> > * license shortnames/keywords: the set of keywords probably needs work,
> >   and hopefully can be compatible with what other projects use; the
> >   current thread on the meaning of "public domain" is part of this
> > * file globbing syntax
> > * clarify the text so it's clear DEP-5 won't require more precision
> >   than is currently needed
> Is it worth adding metadata to make it easy to extract all the
> acknowledgements you have to add to your advertising materials to
> comply with old 4-clause BSD licenses?  It wouldn't benefit me, but
> maybe it would benefit CD vendors.  Of course, I'd hope there isn't too
> much software in Debian anymore that still has those clauses.

This looks like a quite specialised use, but if for instance the CD team
expresses some interst of collecting this information, it would be a useful
addition.  Otherwise we could generalise the concept and have simple ‘Warning’
field, with the assumption that a large number of license do not need a warning
and that the list of packages with this field will be small enough for a
developer to browse. This said, it would already contain a quite long list
of packages who use RSA's version of md5.c…

Alternatively, the field you suggested could be first proposed as an extra
field, and then incorporated later as an update if it has been successfully

With the advent of virtualisation, the problem of advertisement clauses is also
striking all our projects and derivatives that produce and advertise
Debian-based images ‘for the cloud’. And this may be a stronger problem since
in that case the overlooked advertisement clauses may have more chances to be
directly relevant to the field of use of the system images (i.e. the copyright
holders may be more annoyed by the license infringement).

Actually, I would support a moratory on the acceptance of new works with
advertisement clauses in Debian.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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