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Re: Sponsorship requirements and copyright files

Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> writes:

>         Not currently seems to imply that at some point it will be
>  mandatory at some point.  I find that somewhat presumptuous, but
>  perhaps I am reading too much into the "in this current time" bit.  I
>  would put it as this is a proposal. It is not, and will not become
>  policy, unless something improves radically. Even so, it might never
>  become policy, and at this point a proposal in good enough shape to
>  even start discussing the merits of the idea does not exist.  When a
>  proposal which is even maginally viable is licked into shape, it shall
>  be brought forth to light again. And, if it is very good, it might live
>  to see light in policy.

One intermediate way in which I could see this specification going into
Policy without it being required for anyone would be to add a subsection
of the copyright section that says "you are not required to use any
particular format for debian/copyright, but if you *want* to use a
structured format, please use this one."  I can see some value in doing
that without requiring the format and I think it would fit into the
mandate of Policy to do so.

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

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