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I've packaged the program btnx [0], but my prospecitve sponsor
encountered a license problem:
in btnx's source there is one file which was not written by btnx's
upstream itself (revoco.c).

Debian policy:
"Note that under international copyright law (this applies in the United
States, too), no distribution or modification of a work is allowed
without an explicit notice saying so."

The actual author of this file (Edgar Toernig) refused to put any
copyrights / licenses on it and claims that his monkey has written it,
because international copyright law does not apply to animals' works.
This way he wants to make is code completely free.

In revoco.c he states:
 * Written November 2006 by E. Toernig's bonobo - no copyrights.
 * Contact: Edgar Toernig <froese@gmx.de>

In btnx.c  upstream states:
 * File revoco.c has no copyrights (it was written by an animal), and is
 * not bound by the GNU GPL.
 * However, it is still distributed and modified by the blessing of its
 * original author. See revoco.c for contact info of the author.

My questions now: how shall I proceed?
Edgar Toernig stays with his statement, I already asked him.

Kind regards,
Philipp Huebner

[0] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=493122

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