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Re: Rejected Package - Licence question

Ben Finney <bignose+hates-spam@benfinney.id.au> wrote:

>> I mean, this could be difficult, at least when generated files come
>> into play...
> Generated files are, by definition, not the source code of the work;
> in the case of the GPL, they are not "the preferred form of the work
> for making modifications to it". Some other license texts don't define
> "source code", but that's still a pretty good working definition.
> You must ship the source files and make it possible for recipients to
> re-generate any non-source files needed; since you're doing that, you
> may as well not ship the generated files in the source package but
> allow them to be built from 'debian/rules'.

Newly generated or not, it's a good idea to also include the license
terms in the generated files, at least a pointer.  This saves users from
tracing the origin of some help document from the screen display to a
file on the disk, to a package that installed the file, and finally to
its copyright file.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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