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Re: LiDIA's statement of GPL only in mailing list archives

On Mon, 09 Jul 2007, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Don Armstrong: 
> > On Sun, 08 Jul 2007, Ben Finney wrote:
> >> An email has been judged sufficient for many Debian packages, if it
> >> unambiguously specifies all of the above, and is clearly from the
> >> copyright holder. Copy and paste into the 'debian/copyright' file
> >> the part of the message that has all that information, along with
> >> that message's 'date', 'from', 'message-id' fields.
> >
> > Yeah; bonus points if the message is GPG signed by a key which is in
> > and multiply connected to strongly connected set.
> Yeah, as if this made it a particularly authoritative source for any
> kind of legal statement. 8-)

Short of having a notarized signed statement, it's the best we can do;
while there are obviously methods of exploiting it, it's clearly
better than just an e-mail. Most importantly, it allows us to have a
reasonable belief that the copyright holder has actually licensed us
to distribute the work.

Don Armstrong

Where I sleep at night, is this important compared to what I read
during the day? What do you think defines me? Where I slept or what I
did all day?
 -- Thomas Van Orden of Van Orden v. Perry

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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