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Re: unknown license for package/debian/* in d/copyright in adopted package

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 02:54:57PM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> > Do you agree that my mail exchange as found in the sympathy package is
> > a good example of how to ask these questions, and how to record the
> > answers ?
> Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> > I meant this, which I provided a link to earlier:
> >   https://browse.dgit.debian.org/sympathy.git/tree/COPYING.emails
> Yes, that's a good record of the conversation.
> It'd be better IMO if it included each message's Message-ID field, or
> some other URI for each message so that the parties in the conversation
> can later verify that it matches their own record of the discussion.
> Are there messages in that file that could be removed? I typically try
> to get a single message from the copyright holder, that contains an
> explicit and unambiguous grant of a specific license.
> Often that isn't forthcoming as clearly as we might like, because of how
> the correspondence unfolds. I appreciate that you pressed for that in
> the discussion for ‘sympathy’. Maybe that's just an example of a case
> where no one message will clearly show the grant of license, and the
> whole set needs to be examined.

Dear Ian and Ben,

Thank you for resuming this conversation!  I had forgotten to finish
work on this issue and it exactly the reminder I needed.

I pushed updates here:


How important is this updated copyright?  Do I need to worry about
getting it into Stretch?  When Feb 5th blew by I thought "minor, not
very popular package that isn't worse than it was before" so didn't
worry about it and I thought the issue wasn't worth hassling someone
for an unblock.


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