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Re: Bug#184806: Copyright notices are lacking

On Mon, Mar 17, 2003 at 04:19:22PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Simon Law <sfllaw@debian.org>
> > The copyright notices on the whois sources are not sufficient.
> How not? There is a clear statement from the author that he considers
> his work to be covered by the GPL. That is all we usually require.

	If the author does not place appropriate notices at the start of
his source files, it makes it more difficult for him to enforce his
copyright.  Although we as Debian accept his word that it is covered
under the GNU GPL, I noticed that Marco was a Debian Developer and the
author of this software.

	As a service to him, because I thought he would appreciate the
legal auditing, I went through the sources and created a patch that
would apply the appropriate copyright notices.  I did this because I had
free time on my hands, and because it would be simple for Marco to just
apply the patch.

	But what really concerns me is that the debian/copyright file
does not make clear that Marco is licensing at least one file as GPL
version 2 only.  At the very least, the debian/copyright file should be
expanded upon.


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