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Re: debian/copyright machine-interpretable: how about the patches in the diff.gz ?

Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> writes:

>  - One drawback of the greedy approach for organising the Files fields
>    is that the most important copyright - the one of the programs which
>    gives to the package its raison d'être - will never be at the top of
>    the list.

For many packages, there is no single "copyright of the programs",
because there are multiple copyright holders, each one with copyright
in parts of the source tree. There may even be multiple licenses.

It's good, then, that this proposal doesn't extend
 \         "If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all |
  `\    others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking |
_o__)                       power called an idea"  -- Thomas Jefferson |
Ben Finney
 the illusion of
"the one true copyright of the programs".

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