are we being honest about legal resources?

Jimmy Kaplowitz jimmy at
Wed Mar 12 15:01:46 UTC 2008

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 09:15:10AM +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> So it seems the previous time(s) the Debian Project Leader was
> involved with SPI's board discussing this might as well have not
> happened, because we need to go through the whole tedious procedure
> again, to get SPI to pick up a task it referred away.  Yippee(!)
> Apparently even a simple information question won't be answered unless
> it's posted to a new thread.  Double yippee(!) We love setting out the
> hoops for jumping...

For reference, I did ask the current DPL (Sam Hocevar) in #spi what he
understood the status of the Debian website copyright issue to be and
with what priority he wanted SPI to deal with it / whether he considered
it important to deal with now. He said he didn't know and needed to
think about it, catch up on this spi-general thread, and get back to me.
We are not simply waiting passively, putting our fingers in our ears and
ignoring the issue until the DPL spontaneously contacts SPI. I did try
to see whether it's one of Debian's priorities right now, but my
impression is that Debian's interest in seeing the issue solved (as
represented to SPI by the DPL) has gone way down since Branden referred
it to SPI in 2005. This explains why I'm not rushing to deal with it.
However, since this discussion happened a number of days ago, I will
check back with Sam and see if he has an answer for me now.

- Jimmy Kaplowitz
jimmy at

(PS - MJ, I don't have a log of this conversation, but I summarized the
substance of it above.)

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