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Re: RFC on first public draft of 'Debian R Policy'

On Wed, 31 Dec 2003, Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> I think here a bit better example could be nicer. While the information
> can be found in the later trunk, some note would be nice, that the
> copyright file should list:
> - anyone owning copyright (not only upstream author, though that may
>   be the same in most cases) best together with some way to contact
>   him (i.e. the e-mail address given).

There still seems to be some confusion over this, so I'll try to clear
it up: What is important is the actual copyright statement of the
package (and any copyright statements that differ within the package.)

This should be copied _verbatim_ from upstream. You should never have
to modify it. If you think you do, or it doesn't exist, upstream (eg:
the copyright holder) should be making the changes, not you.

In a well formed upstream package, this also has the added property of
specifying the License properly as well. [Which in the case of GPLed
works is probably not "Version 2 or newer".]

[That being said, the additional information as recommended is very

Don Armstrong

Miracles had become relative common-places since the advent of
entheogens; it now took very unusual circumstances to attract public
attention to sightings of supernatural entities. The latest miracle
had raised the ante on the supernatural: the Virgin Mary had
manifested herself to two children, a dog, and a Public Telepresence

-- Bruce Sterling, _Holy Fire_ p228


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