--- Comment #29 from Rob Janes <janes.rob(a)gmail.com> 2013-05-27 12:23:41 CEST ---
that rule is from fedora project. yes, i read the rpmfusion contributors
document that points to it. But this rule refers to code, not font files which
i believe are bitmaps more or less. font files would be termed "content", not
code, and i think things are a bit different for that. here's the rule you
pointed to ...
Packages which are not useful without external bits
Some software is not functional or useful without the presence of external code
dependencies in the runtime operating system environment. When those external
code dependencies are non-free, legally unacceptable, or binary-only (with the
exception of permissible firmware), then the dependent software is not
acceptable for inclusion in Fedora. If the code dependencies are acceptable for
Fedora, then they should be packaged and included in Fedora as a pre-requisite
for inclusion of the dependent software. Software which downloads code bundles
from the internet in order to be functional or useful is not acceptable for
inclusion in Fedora (regardless of whether the downloaded code would be
acceptable to be packaged in Fedora as a proper dependency).
This also means that packages which are not functional or useful without code
or packages from third-party sources are not acceptable for inclusion in
Certainly, this is directed at packages that sidestep licensing by downloading
licensed stuff rather than containing the material in the package. I would
guess this is deemed most incompatible when the licensed material in question
is code. This is really more a licensing rule than a rule about downloading.
here's from the rpmfusion faq:
Why doesn't the Fedora project ship the Software that RPM Fusion offers?
As Fedora is officially affiliated with Red Hat, Inc. in the Fedora Project,
Fedora is effectively bound by the same legal restrictions as Red Hat, as a US
company, is bound by. This means in particular that software encumbered with US
patents cannot be included in Fedora.
Fedora further only wants to ship software that is covered by Free and
Open-Source-Software licenses; see Fedora's Licensing Guidelines and its List
of Good Licenses for details.
Does RPM Fusion distribute illegal software?
No. RPM Fusion only distributes packages which can be legally re-distributed.
rpmfusion exists separate from fedora as an extension of fedora, but with more
flexibility with regards licensing.
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