License requiring to reproduce copyrights in binary distributions.
It appeared in various discussions about either DEP5 or the NEW queue that
licenses vary in their requirement for reproducing the authors copyrights in
binary distributions. In order to start clarifying the situation, I propose to
list for the most common licenses when they require to reproduce copyright
statements. The final goal is to help packagers to keep the debian/copyright file
simple while respecting license terms.
I propose to make this list on the Debian wiki, and created a draft page:
For the moment, the list has three easy entries as example:
- The WTFPL, that allows everything, therefore to not cite copyrights anywhere.
- The GPL, that assumes that the source is always available, and therefore
does not have special requirements for binary distributions.
- The Expat license, that requires copyright notices to be included
in all copies or substantial portions of the software, and therefore
somewhere, typically debian/copyright, in binary distributions.
If you are intersted, you are welcome to join this documentation effort that will
help Debian to better understand what is the minimal requirement for copyright
Have a nice day,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan