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Re: copyright precision

Scott Kitterman <debian@kitterman.com> writes:
> Personally, I think the bulk of the reason we should care about 
> debian/copyright is to achieve license compliance.

For this, IMO the licensing information is not just enough, since it
does not document how our binaries are licensed.

For example, a source package may contain BSD and GPL licensed files --
how would you find out under which license a certain binary package may
be distributed? It may be the case that a binary package was built using
only the BSD licensed sources (and another binary package from the
rest), so the assumption that everything is GPL is not necessarily

And how would you differ between f.e. a binary package produced with a
gfortan build dependency from another produced with libreadline-dev
(both GPL)? The first does not need to have the sources being GPL
compatible, the second needs it. readline may be a border case, since
the result is dynamically linked to libreadline, but this can not be a
general assumption.

If we need license compliance, we would need details about how our
binary packages are licensed, and even then it can give just a first

Best regards


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