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Re: [Pkg-fonts-devel] fontforge_20160404~dfsg-1_i386.changes REJECTED

Quoting Vasudev Kamath (2016-07-21 16:19:18)
> Thorsten Alteholz <ftpmaster@ftp-master.debian.org> writes:
>> can you please take care of all those lintian warnings like:
>>  W: fontforge source: file-without-copyright-information ...
> There is no copyright on those files. So I've asked upstream to 
> clarify here ¹ and a related pull request is here ².
> Earlier we asked upstream about the copyright related issue ³ and Dave 
> Crossland from upstream mentioned that copyright for these files can 
> be collectively referenced as "The Fontforge Authors", I could have 
> added a wild card catch all with this information but that does not 
> feel right because its job of author to assign copyright and not of 
> the packager.
> So in short the issue is already notified to upstream and all these 
> files are collectively licensed as GPL-3 and copyrighted collectively 
> as "The Fontforge Authors".

What Thorsten/ftp-masters request is to "take care of lintian warnings", 
not specifically that those files be treated as copyright-protected.

Those lintian warnings are (roughly) that files distributed doesn't 
match files covered in debian/copyright.

One way to "take care of it" is to override lintian.

Another (better, IMO) approach is to list the files in debian/copyright 
- i.e. add one or more sections covering group(s) of files without 
copyright and licensing, with comments on why it is deemed legally ok 
for us to distribute anyway.

> Do the FTP Master still thinks its not correct to upload this package 
> till all copyrights are in place?.. (I'm not sure when that will 
> happen either).

I believe in any case when a package is rejected it needs re-uploading.

Instead of waiting for a response for ftpmaster (which in my experience 
can potentially take a while) I suggest simply go ahead and address 
their request as I interpret it above, and (if ftpmaster hasn't replied 
by then, instructing differently) simply upload that and see if they 
approve it.

 - Jonas

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