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Re: How (not) to write copyright files - take two


On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 17:06:05 +0200, Christoph Berg wrote:
> Re: Luca Capello 2006-03-28 <[🔎] 873bh3tqkp.fsf@gismo.pca.it>
>> Just to be sure, is the following enough for the BSD license?
>>  The license was modified to reflect that $AUTHOR, not the Regents
>>  of the University of California, is the author. 
> It feels wrong to do that, I'd copy the whole text. IMHO having the
> (C) Regents line in /usr/share/common-licenses/BSD makes that file
> practically useless, except for using the text as a cut-and-paste
> template.
> The fact that every (L)GPL packages' copyright points to
> /usr/share/common-licenses/ is misleading. Packagers are required to
> put the *full* license in debian/copyright (be it a 'short' license
> like BSD-style, be it a long text as the GPL uses).

I'm not an English native speaker, but I think this is not what it's
reported in the Debian New Maintainer's Guide [1] or in the Debian
Policy Manual [2].

[Debian New Maintainer's Guide]

 4.2 `copyright' file


 The important things to add to this file are the place you got the
 package from and the actual copyright notice and license. You must
 include the complete license, unless it's one of the common free
 software licenses such as GNU GPL or LGPL, BSD or the Artistic
 license, when you can just refer to the appropriate file in
 /usr/share/common-licenses/ directory that exists on every Debian

[Debian Policy Manual]

 12.5 Copyright information

 Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its copyright
 and distribution license in the file
 /usr/share/doc/package/copyright. This file must neither be compressed
 nor be a symbolic link.


 Packages distributed under the UCB BSD license, the Artistic license,
 the GNU GPL, and the GNU LGPL should refer to the files
 /usr/share/common-licenses/BSD, /usr/share/common-licenses/Artistic,
 /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL, and /usr/share/common-licenses/LGPL
 respectively, rather than quoting them in the copyright file.

Please correct me if I'm wrong :-)

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

[1] http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/ch-dreq.en.html#s-copyright
[2] http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-docs.html#s-copyrightfile

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