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Re: Sponsorship requirements and copyright files

On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 09:42:35AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>         Why do they have to? I know, the ftp team made it up. But there
>  is no reason in policy or in copyright law for such copying to
>  occur. But it would be nice to know why it is needed.

I can think of a few desirable reasons:

  * To show the FTP masters that they have thoroughly checked the licensing.

  * To provide concise information for our users.

> > 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).
>         Why do you think this work is needed? You must have had some
>  rationale, since you made up this policy.

Again, to document that they have, in fact, done what they are supposed to.

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

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