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Re: License for Debian Maintainer Scripts

On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 02:28:40PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Ben Finney writes ("Re: License for Debian Maintainer Scripts"):
> > For free software, this forum normally recommends that the Debian
> > packaging copyright holders should choose to grant the same license to
> > the Debian packaging files as the general license for the upstream work.
> I disagree both with this recommendation, and with the assertion that
> we normally recommend using the same licence for Debian packaging as
> upstream use for the program.

This makes sense for cases where you have patches which are creative;
I've seen a lot of GPL'd debian/* files, and patches against a BSD-4
codebase. I question this, and it'd also prevent upstream from taking it

In the case where you're not using the least common denominator of
licensing (BSD-2, Expat, ISC) for debian/*, matching it to upstream *is*
good advice.

Either way, I stand by my email in <[🔎] 20150330190830.GA12742@helios.pault.ag>,
and 'check the copyright file' is the best advice for the original


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