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Re: Missing licenses in upstream source files

On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 09:51:25AM +0100, Dominik Smatana wrote:
> Hello,
> thank you for answers.. I'll contact upstream author.
> One more "license-newbie" question:
> In some upstream source files there is just one single line comment at
> beginning:
> // Please see included LICENSE.TXT
> licensecheck says "UNKNOWN" of course...
> Is such reference to external file sufficient for source files to be
> packed for Debian?
> Or should they begin with FULL license included inside?
Did you ever see the full text of the GPL (any version) at the top of a
source file?  A reference to the licence is enough, so long as the
referenced file really is included.  I would recommend to upstream that
they include a copyright statement (year and owner) in each file, though.


Ben Hutchings
Never attribute to conspiracy what can adequately be explained by stupidity.

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