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Re: copyright guidance

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John Lightsey wrote:
> Hi there,
> A while back I ITA'd the rocks-n-diamonds package.  After talking with the 
> upstream maintainer I realized this package can't be included in Debian 
> without heavy modification of the upstream version.

Please file a bug, with a severity of 'serious', against the package
with the details.

> I'm hoping I can have a new version of this package ready by next week that 
> meets the requirements of section 2.3

When that version is uploaded, it should close the bug in the changelog.

> but I'm a bit worried that the current version will make it into the
> 3.0R2 or 3.1 releases.

You should send an email to the debian-release mailing list requesting
the removal of the package from testing, along with the proper
justification (see the list archives for some examples of how to do
this).  The bug should prevent the package from being moved into sarge
until it the problem fixed.  

Additionally, if the package in stable (3.0) is affected, it may need to
be removed or fixed.  Once the bug is filed, ask the SRM (Martin Schulze
<joey@debian.org>) for advice on how to proceed.

> If someone with experience dealing with copyright issues could take a
> look at the current rocks-n-diamonds package and give me a bit of
> guidance I'd really appreciate it.

After the bug is filed, send email to the debian-legal mailing list;
they should be able to give you more specific advice.

> More than anything else I want to be sure I don't screw things up by
> doing nothing.

File the bug, that'll make sure the problem doesn't get lost/forgotten.
Otherwise, it sounds like you're on the right track.

Joe Nahmias, DD wannabe
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