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Re: Bug#897046: RFS: link-grammar/5.4.4-1 [QA upload]

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 07:34:37PM -0400, Sergio Durigan Junior wrote:
> [ Adding debian-legal to the Cc list.  ]

> On Friday, April 27 2018, Fabian Wolff wrote:

> > Dear mentors,

> > I am looking for a sponsor for a QA upload of the link-grammar
> > package.
> [...]
> > The package is available on Mentors:

> >   https://mentors.debian.net/package/link-grammar

> So, here's the other thing I noticed.  d/copyright doesn't seem to be
> up-to-date.  Also, I don't see any mention about the "debian/" directory
> on d/copyright, which might be a problem.  I understand the package is
> already at this state, but I think it may be a good idea to fix it.

> First, I'd recommend re-checking d/copyright and making sure new
> copyrights are properly listed.  I've found a few notices mentioning
> 2017/2018, so it's a good idea to list them.  I understand this is a
> very boring task, but it's something we take seriously at Debian.

> As for the "debian/" directory, I *think* it should be enough to list
> everybody who has ever touched the debian/ directory.  I used the
> following one-liner to get a formatted list:

>   $ git log --date="format:%Y" --format="Copyright %ad %an <%ae>" debian/ | sort -u
>   Copyright 2009 Ken Bloom <kbloom@gmail.com>
>   Copyright 2010 Ken Bloom <kbloom@gmail.com>
>   Copyright 2011 Ken Bloom <kbloom@gmail.com>
>   Copyright 2015 Wookey <wookey@wookware.org>
>   Copyright 2016 Gianfranco Costamagna <costamagnagianfranco@yahoo.it>
>   Copyright 2016 Gianfranco Costamagna <locutusofborg@debian.org>
>   Copyright 2016 Jeremy Bicha <jbicha@linux.com>
>   Copyright 2016 Jeremy Bicha <jbicha@ubuntu.com>
>   Copyright 2017 Adrian Bunk <bunk@debian.org>
>   Copyright 2017 Jeremy Bicha <jbicha@ubuntu.com>
>   Copyright 2017 Steve Langasek <steve.langasek@ubuntu.com>
>   Copyright 2018 Fabian Wolff <fabi.wolff@arcor.de>
> After massaging a bit:

>   Copyright 2009-2011 Ken Bloom <kbloom@gmail.com>
>   Copyright 2015 Wookey <wookey@wookware.org>
>   Copyright 2016 Gianfranco Costamagna <locutusofborg@debian.org>
>   Copyright 2016-2017 Jeremy Bicha <jbicha@ubuntu.com>
>   Copyright 2017 Adrian Bunk <bunk@debian.org>
>   Copyright 2017 Steve Langasek <steve.langasek@ubuntu.com>
>   Copyright 2018 Fabian Wolff <fabi.wolff@arcor.de>

> So I think it should be enough to put these lines there.  As for the
> licence...  Well, I'd choose the same licence as the package, although
> if we are to be pedantic here, the right thing would be to get in touch
> with everyone above and getting their confirmation.  I don't know...

> Anyway, I am copying debian-legal here, hoping that someone more
> knowledgeable can shed some light.

I happened to notice my name in this list, which exposes a flaw in this
methodology.  My sole mention in the changelog of this package is:

  * Apply patch from Steve Langasek adding the missing test
    dependency on default-jdk. (Closes: #865902)

First, the full diff is
This is "obviously" not copyrighted by me under US copyright law; it is a
single line change, which was copy-pasted from debian/control and is purely
functional with no creativity (the only possible "creativity" is the
ordering of the test dependencies and this is uninteresting).

Second, in the case that a change *is* copyrightable, it is not reasonable
to assume that the person submitting a given patch is the copyright holder. 
In the general case, patches that I submit to the Debian BTS from my
@canonical.com address would be copyright my employer, not me personally.

I don't think you should be taking it upon yourself to add copyright
statements regarding debian/ contents where authors have not asserted their
copyright up front.  There is precious little in debian/, outside of
debian/patches/, which should generally be considered copyrightable in a
well-done package.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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