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Re: non-free and users?

> Raul Miller wrote:
> > What is the distinction between "drop non-free" and "prevent its
> > distribution"?

On Sun, Jan 18, 2004 at 01:01:22AM +0100, Sergey V. Spiridonov wrote:
> Example seems to work better. Example:
> I downloaded program 'A' from non-free section of Debian and started to 
> distribute it. I made a copy for my friend Bin and for my friend Laden. 
> After this I erased the program from my hard drive. I dropped it. After 
> I dropped my copy the third mate Usama got the copy from Bin.
> As you can see, there is nothing non-ethical here. I can distribute only 
> what I have. It is the same with Debian non-free.
> Preventing distribution is something else. I understand it like forcing 
> *everyone* to stop distribution. Also, it is not a prohibition: Usama 
> still can get a copy from his friends, or from Debian.

I don't understand the relevance of this example.

> > In that sense, shutting down Debian entirely and not distributing anything
> > at all is equivalent to continuing to distribute Debian.  After all,
> > people can find the programs we distribute elsewhere.
> I do not talk about continuing to distribute something. A was talking 
> about dropping something. It is not possible to distribute something 
> after you drop it. To distribute something you should have it first.

I don't understand the relevance of this, either.



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