Are we able to redistribute debian-unofficial/non-free packages?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Wed Aug 3 15:17:07 CDT 2005

On Thu, Jul 07, 2005 at 08:33:23AM +0200, Reinhard Tartler wrote:

> I think to have his packages in ubuntu universe or multiverse would be
> a great win. In any case, our users WILL ask for this packages, or
> will even add debian-unofficial in their /etc/apt/sources.list.
> My question is if we can distribute all packages of [2] in multiverse.
> I'm really not sure, but I'd like to know if we have some licence
> policy or some other paper giving guidelines about what we can
> distribute and what not. I'm especially curious about the packages
> opera, Realplayer10, Netbeans, Sun JAVA.

If we can legally redistribute the packages, they can go in multiverse.  It
would be helpful if you could review the licenses to determine whether this
is the case for each of these programs.

 - mdz

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