Re: Fwd: Re: [ox-en] Walther
- From: "Benj. Mako Hill" <mako debian.org>
- Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 09:00:02 -0800
On Wed, Feb 25, 2004 at 06:26:47PM [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED], Martin Hardie wrote:
If Debian is used to build a new torture machine for use by your
government or ayone else - is that OK as long as they don't mention
it within Debian.
I will not make a torture machine. I will not work in a project that
makes torture machines. I choose to do work on FOSS projects that will
be a whole more useful in projects aimed at opposing the production
and use of torture machines than in making the machines happen.
If my work is used in such a way, I hope it is mentioned so that
people who participated (including myself) can evaluate their
participation in the production of something like this. There is no
problem about mentioning something within Debian. The problem was with
making a torture machine and putting the official-use Debian logo on
it or selling it with your Debian email address or from a
people.debian.org website. These actions are barred and they're not
just barred for people in the torture machine business.
Thats ounds like - its ok to have nazis around to dinner as long as
they dont mention their views.... liberal rationalism gone mad.....
Extending an argument to an illogical and implausible extreme does
tend to sound like madness. ;)
The software is just there for all to use on an equal basis. Even
an al Qaeda member can use debian...
well not according to US EXport Laws they cannot if they get it in
the "unfree" world. This is false. software is only "free" for
people within the US declared free world.
If you are talking about crypto export regulations, you should realize
that export restrictions have been relaxed heavily in the past few
years. Even before they were relaxed, Debian had moved all export
controlled software to servers outside of the United States so that
they could be downloaded anywhere in the world.
Benjamin Mako Hill