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Re: Upstream pointing to COPYING file in headers

On Sat, May 02, 2015 at 11:52:13AM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> Eriberto Mota <eriberto@debian.org> writes:

> > ---
> > (C) 2007-2009  Lluís Batlle i Rossell
> > Please find the license in the provided COPYING file.
> > ---

> That is an assertion of copyright without a grant of license.

Nonsense.  There is no ambiguity here at all, it tells you exactly where to
find the license.

However, you are right that it is *not* a correct license grant for GPLv2+,
only for GPL2.  This is inconsistent with the license statement on the

> I advise you make efforts to convince the copyright holder to follow the
> guidance in the COPYING document on “How to Apply These Terms to Your
> New Programs”. What they have is needlessly ambiguous.

Agreed.  Since the website expresses intent to license under GPLv2+, they
should include this in the source files as well.

Absent a clarification from upstream, I would take the conservative approach
of treating this as a GPL2 (not GPL2+) work for debian/copyright.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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