Re: Advise about missing copyright info
Damyan Ivanov <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> [Please keep CC debian-perl]
> I've already filed a bug upstream, but am wondering whether this
> missing copyright notice is a serious bug according to the Policy
> Therefore a program without a copyright notice is copyrighted and
> you may not do anything to it without risking being sued!
> Please advise.
It seems fairly clear, yes. (Though the Policy section is rather
hyperbolic; there are many things one can do in many jurisdictions
even to a copyrighted work, just that none of them are interesting for
the Debian project. Also, the *risk* of being sued is sadly always
present no matter what you do.)
Is there a clear copyright notice in the work (i.e. is there a
consistent copyright notice in the source code)? If so, it may be as
simple as updating the 'debian/copyright' file with that information.
If not, this does appear to me to be a policy bug. Such a bug must be
fixed either by removing the package from Debian or by getting a
clear, correct statement of copyright for the work from the copyright
holder, and recording that in 'debian/copyright'.
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