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Re: Proposal: The DFSG do not require source code for data, including firmware

On Wed, 23 Aug 2006 15:25:49 -0700, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> said: 

> On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 10:30:33AM +0200, Bas Zoetekouw wrote:
>> You wrote:

>> >         3. supports the decision of the Release Team to require
>> >            works such as images, video, and fonts to be licensed
>> >            in compliance with the DFSG without requiring source
>> >            code for these works under DFSG #2; and

>> >         4. determines that for the purposes of DFSG #2, device
>> >            firmware shall also not be considered a program.

>> Would it be possible to vote on these two issues seperately?

> It would certainly be possible, but I don't see any value in voting
> on the first of these points on its own because I think the release
> team is already doing the right thing and doesn't need a GR to
> confirm it.  It's only the latter point that's a question in my
> mind, so if someone wants to vote on the former point alone they'd
> need to propose their own GR.

> N.B., I would object to having any ballot options on the same GR
> that consist of this same draft with point #4 stricken, because
> assuming rational voters I would expect the voters who approve of
> that option to be a strict superset of those who approve of my
> proposal, and I would call on the Project Secretary to exercise his
> authority to keep these two proposals on separate ballots to avoid
> prejudicing the outcome in favor of a "watered down" option.

        Speaking with my secretary hat on, it seems to me that options
 3 and 4 are somewhat orthogonal -- inasmuch that it appears eminently
 reasonable for someone to have differing opinions on these two
 options. So people may approve of 3, and disapprove of 4: and this
 makes me think that they do not belong on the same ballot, since they
 are unrelated wrt to voting (though obviously addressing related

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