Subject: Bug#856139: certspotter: long description
advertises commercial service



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On Sat, Aug 05, 2017 at 09:38:45AM -0400, Paul Wise wrote:
> > No, at worst this is misuse of Debian resources for commercial gain -
> > i.e. using long description field for advertising a non-free service.
>
> I got the impression that Faidon is not involved with SSLMate so this
> and the relevant DMUP clause does not seem to apply in this case.

While perhaps not strictly against the letter of any of our rules, that doesn't
make it any less an advertisement for a non-free service and that certainly is
against the spirit. Similarly to not adding a Recommends: from a package in
main to one in non-free, we should not recommend non-free services either IMO.
I don't think that is controversial?

I would make an exception for source files from upstream. If they want to
advertise a non-free service, they can do that. For Debian, IMO we should
remove such advertisements as part of packaging the software. That means it
should not be in the binary package at all.

> In this case, the advertisement is also present on the upstream github
> page, via the README, which is also in the Debian package, so removing
> it from the Debian package description will not remove the
> advertisement entirely. Personally I'd prefer to not have it present
> in any of the locations, but leaving it in the README in Debian and
> upstream seems like a reasonable compromise.

Agreed; I would remove it from the program itself or its upstream-written
manpage if it would have been there (and of course it should definitely not be
in a manpage created by a maintainer), and while removing it from the source
(or its documentation) would be nice, I think it's acceptable to leave it
there.

Then again, it's similar to having non-free software in a release t...

arball, and
we do repackage the source for that. So perhaps that would be the preferred
way to handle it.

Thanks,
Bas
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