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Re: Bug#288233: Possible license issues

Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> Package: disc-cover
> Severity: important
> There is possibly a license issue with this package, however, things are
> a bit unclear.
> It might be that part of the disc-cover package has insufficient
> copyright statement by the authors. This is from the recollection of the
> current maintainer. For completeness, this is the full copyright file in
> the package:
> | It was downloaded from http://home.wanadoo.nl/jano/
> | 
> | Upstream Author: J.I. van Hemert <jvhemert@cs.leidenuniv.nl>
> | 
> | Copyright:
> | 
> | GPL (see /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL)
> Someone with more time and interest on his hands than me or the
> previous maintainer (the package is orphaned now) should probably
> investigate this.

I ran "apt-get source disc-cover", and looked at the disc-cover script
in the package.  It contains the standard GPL header:
> # Copyright <A9> 1999-2002 J.I. van Hemert
> #
> # 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
> # along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
> # Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

(<A9> is a copyright symbol.)

The COPYING file in the package contains a copy of the GPL.

The only other script in the package, freedb/index.cgi, also contains a
GPL header and the same author's copyright.

There is no licensing bug in this package, but there is a bug in that
the debian/copyright file does not include the full GPL information.
Just copy the copyright statement and GPL header, and paste that into

- Josh Triplett

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