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Re: Sponsorship requirements and copyright files

Joerg Jaspert <joerg@debian.org> writes:

> We require, and have seen nothing to convince us otherwise, that Debian
> maintainers need to do the basic work of listing each copyright holder
> in debian/copyright, as seen in the source files and AUTHORS list or
> equivalent (if any).

So, the question being raised on this thread is why?  What purpose does
this work serve?

The argument against doing it is that it takes increased time over just
verifying the licenses of every file and requires ongoing maintenance that
could be spent on tasks more directly related to improving the software.

If the argument in favor is just that Policy says something along those
lines, well, as discussed in this thread, I want to revise that Policy
section anyway.

Is the reason that you feel most licenses require preservation of the
copyright notice and it's easier to enforce it uniformly for all copyright
files?  Is there some other larger reason why is this important for the
project?  (Please note that I'm not assuming that you have no reason.  I
just don't understand, from the discussion so far, what it is.  We can't
really have a meaningful discussion until we're all on the same page)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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