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Re: New Adobe CMaps license free enough for Debian?

Jonas Smedegaard <dr@jones.dk> writes:

> On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 11:22:12AM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> >I think it's probably important to have the disclaimer because some
> >licensors have tried to slip licence restrictions or liabilities into
> >what they labelled as disclaimers; and it's useful to know the
> >copyright holder in case it's one of the few that insists on
> >particular interpretations of terms like "use".

I interpret MJ here as saying that it's useful to include the full text
*in the discussion here on ‘debian-legal’*, and not commenting on
whether it's appropriate for the ‘copyright’ file.

Perhaps I'm wrong and MJ does intend to comment on the ‘copyright’ file

> I will now go through my (or "my" where team-maintained) 90+ packages
> and make sure disclaimers are included.

I don't think the disclaimer is part of the copyright license terms, so
doesn't need to be in ‘copyright’. You certainly need to preserve it in
the original upstream source files, of course! But I don't see the need
to duplicate it.

> ...oh, a related question: when including disclaimer of older
> GPL-licenses then lintian complains that the address is wrong - but
> isn't it wrong of us to "correct" that, as then the text is no longer
> "verbatim"?

Yes, you're right. If the copyright license is one that you think
upstream has neglected to update, you should work with upstream to
address that, and not change it on their behalf since you're not the
copyright holder who granted the license.

 \      “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his |
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Ben Finney

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