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Re: Licenses not in /usr/share/common-licenses

On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 6:33 AM, Andrea Veri wrote:
> Hi,
> while packaging a few extensions (mainly licensed under the MPL)
> within the pkg-mozext team we received a few rejects from the FTP Team
> having the following rationale:
> "the MPL license is not installed under /usr/share/common-licenses,
> thus the full text has to be added into debian/copyright."
> Since the MPL is not a short license [1], we decided to handle the
> current situation by linking the license to a static file included in
> the /usr/share/doc/xul-ext-packagename directory this way:
> "License: MPL-1.1
>  The complete text of the Mozilla Public License can be found in
>  the `MPL' file in the same directory as this file."
> We, then, received another reject. So, what's the working solution for
> these kind of cases? is it including the full text of the license a
> bit of a non-sense when we can directly link back to a static file?
> what's the rationale behind including the full license? why the
> relevant bug report [2] has been started back in 2008 but as of today,
> has still no decision?

Would it be unreasonable if someone were to start an
"uncommon-licenses" package?  Then any package depending on that could
use a reference to the license instead of including the full text in

Best wishes,

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