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Re: copyright and license missing?

On Sat, Mar 12, 2005 at 12:30:29PM +0100, Bartosz Fenski aka fEnIo wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 12, 2005 at 09:49:41AM +0000, Qingning Huo wrote:
> > I am working on these two packages: libtorrent and rtorrent [1].  There
> > are no copyright claims on any source files or README files.  There is
> > only an AUTHORS file with the name and email of the author.  On the
> > other hand, it is indicated on the website that the software is
> > "Licensed under the GPL", but I can find nowhere in the source tarball
> > saying so.  There is a COPYING file (GPLv2) though.
> > 
> > Obviously, the author wants the software be released as GPL, so it
> > should be DFSG free.  But, he didn't follow the "How to apply" guide of
> > GPL.  Are there source tarballs suitable as part of debian source
> > packages?  And, how should I write the debian/copyright?
> Does he use some statements in the source files?

No, there is no copyright owner, date, license or no-warranty
declaration in the source code.

David Weinehall <tao@debian.org> to debian-mentors
> No, they are not.  A statement on a website doesn't mean squat from a
> legal perspective.  I suggest you contact the upstream author of the
> program and explain to him that he needs to read the "How to apply"
> section of the GPL..

Thanks.  I agree that the source code cannot be included in Debian as
its current state.  I will communicate with the authors.

Best regards,

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