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Re: how (not) to write copyright files

Hi Peter and Andrew,

thanks for your mails.

On Mon, 2003-12-15 at 01:59, Peter Palfrader wrote:
> A proper copyright file looks like this:
> [...]
> | Authors: Donald Duck, Daisy Duck
> |
> | Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001 Donald Duck
> |           2000, 2002 Daisy Duck
> |
> |  This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
> |  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
> |  the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
> |  (at your option) any later version.
> |
> |  This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
> |  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
> |  GNU General Public License for more details.
> |
> |  You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License with
> |  the Debian GNU/Linux distribution in file /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL;
> |  if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place,
> |  Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
> |
> | On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public
> | License, version 2, can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2.

Besides the fact that I welcome all this, maybe the lack of detail in
many debian/copyright files is caused by the "New Maintainer's Guide"
not being very verbose about this file (while still correct).

It states that

       1  This package was debianized by Josip Rodin <joy-mg@debian.org> on
       2  Wed, 11 Nov 1998 21:02:14 +0100.
       4  It was downloaded from: ftp://ftp.obsession.se/gentoo/
       6  Upstream author: Emil Brink <emil@obsession.se>
       8  This software is copyright (c) 1998-99 by Emil Brink, Obsession
       9  Development.
       11 You are free to distribute this software under the terms of
       12 the GNU General Public License.
       13 On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public
       14 License can be found in the file `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL'.

is a correct copyright file. I guess it is, with the full GPLv2
statement you mentioned compressed to lines 11 and 12 (of course, we
would have to add "either version 2 or any later version" here).

Otherwise, please make the NM-Guide change.



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