sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Thu Sep 13 07:50:11 UTC 2007
Richi Plana wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-09-12 at 21:49 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>> I am not talking about any repo files. Just a pointer in documentation
>> or in any application. The details are explained in FAB list. That
>> requires Legal to look into this. No amount of layman arguments can help
>> us make a decision and legal perspectives doesn't always make logical
>> sense which many tend to assume.
> In other words, Fedora's lawyers have deemed it risky (or even downright
> illegal) to include in the distro .repo files that would allow users to
> download, say, US-illegal codecs even if the repository itself
> physically and logistically isn't connected to Fedora. But pointers in
> documents can.
> There we go. That's what the legal experts are saying. Do I have it
> about right?
We do not know yet if pointers to a repository are ok since the legal
situation has changed.
Last time we consulted with legal, it was ok to point a website as long
as it didn't host directly such a software repository and we didn't
include information on what to find in such websites (ie) pointing to a
website like fedorafaq.org is ok as long as we don't tell them "go here
for mp3 codecs".
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