Bug#593533: debian-policy: Proposal to stop requesting to list initial Debian maintainers in debian/copyright
On Tue, 29 Nov 2011, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Don Armstrong <email@example.com> writes:
> > I don't think that initial packagers should be special-cased, but the
> > copyright and licensing status of the packaging should be made clear in
> > the copyright file to the extent possible.
> I think that's actually handled by the previous paragraph:
> Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
> copyright information and distribution license in the file
> <file>/usr/share/doc/<var>package</var>/copyright</file>. This
> file must neither be compressed nor be a symbolic link.
> not that everyone realizes that would apply to the Debian packaging files
> as well as the upstream source.
True. With that interpretation, it kind makes eliminating the
requirement for the original packager not to be mentioned a null-op
except for cases where the original packager has no copyright interest
in all (most?) jurisdictions. Perhaps a footnote clarifying this is in
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