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Re: The Multimedia Question

Josh Boyer wrote:
On Thu, 19 Jul 2007 16:24:01 -0600
"Stephen John Smoogen" <smooge gmail com> wrote:

On 7/19/07, Rahul Sundaram <sundaram fedoraproject org> wrote:
Josh Boyer wrote:
On Fri, 2007-07-20 at 02:59 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
seth vidal wrote:

that's the issue - we can tell them how to add repos, sure.
but we can't say which repos to add
and if there are repos that are full of free and
legally-unencumbered software then the question becomes why
aren't they in fedora?
They could be in Fedora but the legality of such software is
region specific. If we want to maintain those packages in
specific regions as part of Fedora and that is considered
legally safe, we could do that instead. In fact I think that's
better than a third party repository solution because we would
be using the similar infrastructure and guarantee things more
because we are in control.
Our CVS and buildsystems are hosted in the US.  Explain to me how
something can be called Fedora if it's not in our CVS and built
with our tools?
We setup systems with similar infrastructure outside of US. Since
it is going to be maintained by Fedora contributors, we can call it

No you can't. Fedora is a sponsored project by Red Hat. Thus Red Hat
could be held libel for the actions of something called Fedora that is
acting under the auspices of that sponsored organization. We are back
to needing legal counsel before this would be able to go any further
(if at all.)

Sure. We are going to ask legal anyway but the question is how can we call something Fedora if it's not in our CVS which is not a legal question and that is what I was responding to.

You can't for other reasons.  Built outside of the US using the same
infrastructure is possible, but in order to call a package "Fedora" we
have always said it must be built from our CVS.  We can't host those
packages in our CVS.

At any rate, get legal involved.

If legal is fine with it then it's a matter of changing the rules so as to endorse packages from another cvs or build system which is not hard to do if we can trust the contributors involved to do a good job.


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