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Re: non-free and users?

On Mon, Jan 19, 2004 at 12:43:22PM +0100, Sergey Spiridonov <sena@hurd.homeunix.org> was heard to say:
> Producing and distributing non-free is ethical. If I produce a package 
> with closed source and distribute it, it is ethical, since it help 
> people to solve their tasks. It compels me to non-ethical action when 
> someone, for example, will request sources from me.

  Suppose you package foo-nonfree, a package whose source code is not
available.  Some time later, a user requests the sources from you.  You
reply, "I'm sorry, I don't have the source code and so I can't give it
to you."

  How is this worse than your proposed response, when a user requests a
package for foo-nonfree, of "I'm sorry, I don't have the program and so
I can't give it to you."?  (leaving aside the fact that source code for
most of non-free is available)


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