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authoritative list of DFSG-free licenses

On Mon, Jan 07, 2013 at 11:55:57PM +0100, Joerg Jaspert wrote:
> One thing first: The question if we change DFSG and documenting what we
> think is free (or not) are two entirely different things, and shouldn't
> be mixed together.
> I'm replying only to the documenting thing using my ftpmaster hat, the
> DFSG§10 one is entirely seperate and doesn't really touch ftp* opinions.

Fair enough, let's fix the subject then.

> The whole of ftp* agrees that it would be nice to have a place
> documenting this. So much so that we started something for it in 2009,
> see http://ftp-master.debian.org/licenses/ for it.

Oooooohhhh, that's awesome! I had no idea something like that existed,
and I can't find it listed anywhere: can you people please link it from
http://ftp-master.debian.org/ ?

> And here is an ikiwiki instance in a git, check it out, ftp*".
> got it around 31 commits far, and then it "slept in". It *is* entirely
> dull and non-fun and just boring work, with no direct payoff (in
> NEW/rm you at least have that direct "payback" :) ).

For those willing to play with it, the associated Git repository seems
to be at http://ftp-master.debian.org/git/licenses.git/

Joerg, it would be nice to rebuild it adding the repolist plugin
http://ikiwiki.info/plugins/repolist/ , which would add the rel-vcs
metadata, making the following work nicely out of the box with mr:

  $ webcheckout http://ftp-master.debian.org/

I haven't found the ikiwiki configuration in Git, so I'm unable to
provide a patch for that.

> That said, we would be happy to get it back to live and end up with it
> (either where it is now or wherever fits) being a useful place. Seeing
> how it directly touches us (decide if $foo can go into the archive and
> be distributed or not), it certainly makes sense to have it within FTP*
> overview.

Ideally, what I'd love is then to see that page replacing what we
currently have at http://www.debian.org/legal/licenses/ . MJ, has you
seem to have participated in the maintenance of the latter page, what do
you think of that? Of course, we'll first need to bring the ftp-master
page up to date.

Also, I think Charles' idea of also publishing stats about which
licenses are currently found in main/non-free would be useful. It can be
toned down wrt the claim that "these licenses are DFSG-free" and
presented as mere factual data of what we currently have in the
archive. Doing it on the basis of machine parseable debian/copyright
sounds reasonable and might further encourage adopting the new format.
Any taker for writing a script that gather the corresponding statistics?

> That said, it is clear it can't be the FTP Team who is doing the work
> - the oh-so-recentness of it shows that it is a task that won't get
> done. There is too much else for us and we are few people only.
> But we would be happy to work with / lead / whatever-one-names it with a
> group of volunteers together. Exact details of how that works out are to
> be found, but im sure we can. If there are volunteers for it...

Fair enough. Of course good part of the work will be reviewing the
licenses that are already found in the archive and marking them as
DFSG-free in your table. Which "review status" would you (as in
ftp-masters & assistants) want for those licenses? More generally, is
there a specific work-flow, or state chart, you want to follow? That
would help in proposing patches to the ikiwiki repo...

The other big part of it is keeping up to date with future
DFSG-free-ness ruling by ftp-masters. As pointed out in this thread, you
usually send motivated REJECTs to maintainer only. How would you like to
proceed to keep track of motivation for new licenses? Is Cc:-ing
-project, as you did for the Ubuntu Font License and then indexing a
link to the list archives something that would work for you? If not,
what would?

Thanks for this enlightening pointer to related work,
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