Debian Bug report logs - #645825
Possible DFSG Violation In Bogofilter

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Package: bogofilter; Maintainer for bogofilter is Serafeim Zanikolas <>; Source for bogofilter is src:bogofilter.

Reported by: "Jason Self" <>

Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:42:01 UTC

Severity: normal

Found in version bogofilter/1.2.2-2

Fixed in version bogofilter/1.2.2+dfsg1-1

Done: Serafeim Zanikolas <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to, Serafeim Zanikolas <>:
Bug#645825; Package bogofilter. (Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:42:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to "Jason Self" <>:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to Serafeim Zanikolas <>. (Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:42:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #5 received at (full text, mbox):

From: "Jason Self" <>
Subject: Possible DFSG Violation In Bogofilter
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:40:08 -0700 (PDT)
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Package: bogofilter
Version: 1.2.2-2

Bogofilter include some documenttation under a license that doesn't permit 
modification or commercial use.

Specifically, the files say:

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs German License. To view a copy of
this license, visit
or send a letter to Creative Commons; 559 Nathan Abbott Way;
Stanford, California 94305; USA.

The files in question are in the /doc directory and are:


This also appear to impact version 1.1.7. Other versions may be as well.

If commercial use and modification are not permitted, is it a violation of the 
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Information forwarded to
Bug#645825; Package bogofilter. (Tue, 18 Oct 2011 23:21:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Serafeim Zanikolas <>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. (Tue, 18 Oct 2011 23:21:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Serafeim Zanikolas <>
To: Jason Self <>,
Subject: Re: Bug#645825: Possible DFSG Violation In Bogofilter
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 01:03:15 +0200
Hi Jason,

On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 01:40:08PM -0700, Jason Self wrote [edited]:
> Package: bogofilter
> Version: 1.2.2-2
> Bogofilter include some documenttation under a license that doesn't permit 
> modification or commercial use.

That's indeed the case. The problematic files are not shipped in the binary
packages. I'll repack the Debian source package to not include them either.


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Reply sent to Serafeim Zanikolas <>:
You have taken responsibility. (Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:06:46 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to "Jason Self" <>:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:06:47 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #15 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Serafeim Zanikolas <>
Subject: Bug#645825: fixed in bogofilter 1.2.2+dfsg1-1
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:03:43 +0000
Source: bogofilter
Source-Version: 1.2.2+dfsg1-1

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
bogofilter, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter-bdb_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_i386.deb
  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter-common_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_all.deb
  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter-sqlite_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_i386.deb
  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter-tokyocabinet_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_i386.deb
  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter_1.2.2+dfsg1-1.debian.tar.gz
  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter_1.2.2+dfsg1-1.dsc
  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_i386.deb
  to main/b/bogofilter/bogofilter_1.2.2+dfsg1.orig.tar.gz

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Serafeim Zanikolas <> (supplier of updated bogofilter package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 15:28:05 +0100
Source: bogofilter
Binary: bogofilter bogofilter-bdb bogofilter-sqlite bogofilter-tokyocabinet bogofilter-common
Architecture: source i386 all
Version: 1.2.2+dfsg1-1
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Serafeim Zanikolas <>
Changed-By: Serafeim Zanikolas <>
 bogofilter - fast Bayesian spam filter (dummy package)
 bogofilter-bdb - fast Bayesian spam filter (Berkeley DB)
 bogofilter-common - fast Bayesian spam filter (common files)
 bogofilter-sqlite - fast Bayesian spam filter (sqlite)
 bogofilter-tokyocabinet - fast Bayesian spam filter (tokyocabinet)
Closes: 645825
 bogofilter (1.2.2+dfsg1-1) unstable; urgency=low
   * Rebuild with repackaged source to exclude non-DFSG-free licensed security
     advisories (this only affects the source package, as the files were not
     included in the binaries). closes: #645825.
   * Add debian/README.source to document the above-described modification to
     the upstream tarball
   * Add debhelper token to all maintainer scripts
   * Add debian/rules targets build-arch and build-indep
   * debian/copyright: list non-DFSG-free files that were removed in repackaged
     source, and change my email address to the debian one
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 b08c2c7b3faee2047864bda6ef06854d 1050107 mail optional bogofilter_1.2.2+dfsg1.orig.tar.gz
 b136fe56f9010e4015cd41eaf72fef72 17776 mail optional bogofilter_1.2.2+dfsg1-1.debian.tar.gz
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 a7773bfc897d57b7e2e275b654b09a31 267980 mail optional bogofilter-bdb_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_i386.deb
 f44c5a40af54f9475b6944d3419a7897 228884 mail extra bogofilter-sqlite_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_i386.deb
 6e9de6802799edcabc78417d5b9a9fb6 222310 mail extra bogofilter-tokyocabinet_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_i386.deb
 0d8f84316c4fb364f0414bfa1b79aa64 196276 mail optional bogofilter-common_1.2.2+dfsg1-1_all.deb

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