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[PROPOSAL] Disambiguate of Section 12.5, Deprecate GPL/LGPL symlinks

retitle 431109 [PROPOSAL] Disambiguate of Section 12.5, Deprecate GPL/LGPL symlinks

On Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:04:02PM +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> Following /usr/share/doc/base-files/FAQ, I'm reassigning this to debian-policy.
> Please read my email to debian-legal ad debian-policy from two days ago.

In my interpretation, Policy doesn't exclude any version of the GPL from this
requirement, but I admit that it is ambigous, specially considering the

This proposal does essentialy two things:

  - Disambiguate GPL/LGPL versioning requirement by extending it to any DFSG
  compatible version the FSF may publish.

  - Deprecate use of symlinks, since they're a source of problems (as exposed
  by GPLv3, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2007/06/msg00234.html)

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diff -ur debian-policy- debian-policy-
--- debian-policy-	2006-10-03 00:36:50.000000000 +0200
+++ debian-policy-	2007-06-29 23:58:41.000000000 +0200
@@ -41,7 +41,7 @@
 	  A copy of the GNU General Public License is available as
-	  <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL</file> in the Debian GNU/Linux
+	  <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2</file> in the Debian GNU/Linux
 	  distribution or on the World Wide Web at
 	  <url id="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html";
 	       name="the GNU General Public Licence">. You can also
@@ -8625,24 +8625,26 @@
 	  Packages distributed under the UCB BSD license, the Artistic
-	  license, the GNU GPL, and the GNU LGPL, should refer to the
-	  corresponding files under
+	  license, the GNU GPL or LGPL (any version as published by the Free
+	  Software Foundation that Debian considers free as per DFSG), should
+	  refer to the corresponding files under
               For example,
-              <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL</file>,
-              <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/LGPL</file>,
-              <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2</file>, and
-              <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/LGPL-2.1</file>, and so
+              <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-3</file>, and
+              <file>/usr/share/common-licenses/LGPL-3</file>, and so
               on. Note that the GFDL is new here, and the license file
               may not yet be in place in
           </footnote> rather than quoting them in the copyright
-	  file. 
+	  file.  Packages should not refer to GPL and LGPL symlinks in
+	  that directory since different, incompatible versions of these
+	  licenses have been published by the Free Software Foundation,
+	  hence using the symlinks could lead to ambiguity.

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