Re: modified email address in debian/copyright file
Lars Wirzenius <email@example.com> writes:
> If they distribute their work without an e-mail address attached,
> should the Debian packager go dig one up?
> If they distribute their work with the attached e-mail address
> obfuscated in some way, should the Debian packager un-obfuscate it?
I'm of the opinion that a copyright statement for the work in a Debian
package should include valid contact details, preferably an email
address, for the work's primary copyright holders at the time the work
To knowingly accept packages without that is to knowingly accept a
copyright statement that is unverifiable to third parties, purely in
the interest of someone who wants to hold copyright but not give a
valid email address. I think that's an unacceptable risk for Debian to
If they want to avoid giving valid contact information they can grant
all rights in the work to the public domain or to some other copyright
holder. If they want to hold copyright, it's an unfair burden on those
who need to verify copyright status if their contact details are not
valid at the time they distribute their work.
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