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Re: Sponsorship requirements and copyright files

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 04:01:56PM +0100, Mike Hommey wrote:
> >   * Complaining that you would have to check every single file implies that you
> >     don't already check every single file, which you should be doing.
> If all the above were true, no package of xulrunner, iceweasel, openoffice,
> kde and others would have *EVER* entered the archive, since there has
> *NEVER* been such work done on these packages, and until this funky new
> copyright showed up, that did bother *NOONE*, including the ftpmasters.
> If you want those copyright files to be thourough, I invite you to download
> one of the packages above's source, and start checking those tens of
> thousands of files. See you in three months to see where you are at it,
> and throw you some more new upstream releases.
> > This doesn't mean that I am doubting how much work the bigger packages are, or
> > that it isn't hard finding collaborators. I have a lot of respect for the people
> > who offer there time to get this job done. On the other hand, this rationally
> > has nothing to do with the copyright proposal, presuming that everyone is
> > already following policy.
> It has all to do with it, since you are suggesting that the copyright
> proposal is sane even for big packages, changes nothing to the current
> status quo, which, as I said above is far from being true, and that
> $SOMEPEOPLE should do their homework or move to other packages.

Actually, the copyright proposal is just a text format, not a policy document.

If you're telling me that the FTP masters would be happy with blanket license
statements for a package, what is stopping you from using the existing format to
say something along the lines of:

  Files: *
  Copyright: Copyright 2008, Damien Katz <damien@apache.org>
   Copyright 2008, Jan Lehnardt <jan@apache.org>
   Copyright 2008, Christopher Lenz <cmlenz@apache.org>
   Copyright 2008, Noah Slater <nslater@apache.org>
  License: Apache-2.0
   On Debian systems the full text of the Apache License (Version 2) can be found
   in the `/usr/share/common-licenses/Apache-2.0' file.

Note, this is an actual snipped from the couchdb package.


Noah Slater, http://tumbolia.org/nslater

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