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Re: Youth Protection: Was Re: Package Maintainers Flags policy

Chris Weyl wrote:
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 8:08 PM, Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de> wrote:

Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:

On 05/20/2009 01:24 PM, Ralf Corsepius wrote:

Well, I am sure, FESCO will now will initiate the necessary measures to
initiate the "youth protection" certification processes, whose absence
so far legally threads Fedora vendors/distributors from different
countries around the globe?

We actually have this pretty well covered wrt to US laws. :)

We are talking about the "national laws" threating
users/vendors/re-distributors in a particular country.

Wrt. "youth protection", US laws are widely irrelevant. It's similar to US
"alcohol/tobacco/drug laws", "weapon laws", "medication laws", "car part
regulations". At least in my country (Germany), they are widely irrelevant.

Relevant wrt. "youth protection" on SW in Germany are computer games. Very
oversimplified, in general, it's illegal in Germany to make
"non-USK-certified/rated" computer games available to people below certain
age, rsp. in some cases, to distribute them at all.

Fedora, as a project of a US corporation, is liable for violation of the
laws of the State of North Carolina and of the United States.  We're not
liable for violation of the laws of any other jurisdiction...

Whether it's
over "protect teh [sic] children!", maps that have Israel on them, or flags.
ACK, nor Tibet, or Nagorno-Karabakh, Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia, Cuba, Palestina, just to mention a few other controversial countries ....

Do we really want to start excluding content just because it's illegal in
some other jurisdiction?  This seems.... slippery.

I am simply trying to demonstrate the impact of the can of worms Spot, FESCO and RH-Legal have opened. If they were consequent, they now _will have to take care_ with this kind of issues, world-wide!


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