On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM, Lennart Weller <lhw@...> wrote:
> Am 28.03.2012 01:01, schrieb Ben Hutchings:
>> Since you've accepted as fact that this software infringes those
>> patents, it looks like you're about to violate item 1 of the Debian
>> patent policy.
> S3TC is not actively enforced by S3. And I took this thread  as a
> reference to create the ITP anyway. According to this thread from 2010
> there are at least three other projects already using the S3TC
> algorithms. And there is more than one project which depends on this
> package. e.g. 0ad and wine
>  http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2010/12/msg00062.html
I think Ben's point is that the Debian Patent Policy was published
on February 19, 2012, and therefore would supersede any previous
consensus regarding the inclusion of patent encumbered software where
the included patents are not being actively enforced.
Personally, I agree with the posters in the thread you cited. If
this is going to be the project's official position, it may as well
P.S. My apologies to those who may be seeing this on debian-user as
well. I accidentally posted my reply there by mistake. I am posting
it here, as well, for the benefit of those who are not on debian-user.