[Pkg-allegro-maintainers] Bug#533555: Joke non-free clauses?

Don Armstrong don at debian.org
Wed Feb 24 22:22:19 UTC 2010

reopen 533555

On Wed, 24 Feb 2010, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> Francesco Poli <frx at firenze.linux.it> (24/02/2010):
> > Or maybe they are jokes that look like non-free clauses, I am not
> > sure which one makes more sense or better describes the situation...
> Looks like upstream clarified the “joke status”?
>   http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?msg=18;bug=533555

There's no indication that "thatcadguy" is actually upstream. [At
least, "thatcadguy" isn't listed as a Developer that I could see on SF
in a few minutes of checking.]

The meaning of clause 6 is rather difficult to parse and basically a
complete lawyerbomb. Humor is fine, but humor in licenses with
possible legal consequences isn't really something we should be
distributing in main or contrib.

If the real maintainers can actually be contacted by mail and get a
binding response that clauses 4-6 are jokes, and promise to remove or
make them clearly requests in future releases, I think that'd be

Don Armstrong

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