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Licenses and debian/copyright (was: Damage-control GR and XFree86 non-freedom)

Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:

> A license is, literally, permission from the rights holder. If the
> author gives the permissions the DFSG requires, it doesn't matter if
> that's actually accurately recorded in the debian/copyright file. 

Does the last sentence mean "it makes no difference whether the
debian/copyright file accurately records the permissions of the author,
the important thing is that the author has indeed given the permissions
required by the DFSG"?

But, then, where *should* these permissions be recorded?

>                                                                    The
> same thing's true if the author doesn't give that permission, of course.

What does "the same thing's true" mean?

Sorry to be so daft,
                                                    Jens Peter Secher
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