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Re: Copyright: in d/copyright - Questions about writing copyright info

A lot of appreciating all for your kind suggestions!

On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 09:15:32AM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> The “Machine-readable debian/copyright file” specification allows
> free-form text in the “Copyright” field.
> With that said, in my opinion you should strongly prefer the canonical
> form for each copyright statement:
> with “MMMM–NNNN” being the range of years the work was published;
> “ENTITYNAME” the legal name for the entity that holds copyright in the
> work; “CONTACTEMAIL” the contact email address, if known, for that
> entity.
> Various accommodations need to be made for different circumstances (e.g.
> often a work has copyright held by a number of legal entities, so
> “ENTITYNAME and others” might be appropriate).

The specification permits free-form text, and there is the strongly
preferred canonical format; I copied. Thank you!

Now I have one more question:

In case of git repository, it is possible to extract all the author's
information by tracking the commit history. If the upstream is git
repository which has a lot of contributors, and there is only one person
in upstream's copyright file, should I use that information? Or can I
extract all author's information by myself and add them in d/copyright?

> >   - Is there a d/copyright guideline to read?
> Yes, install the ‘debian-copyright’ package and you will have the
> current specification installed. It is a document in plain text and HTML,
> ‘/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/copyright-format-1.0’.

I couldn't find the package 'debian-copyright', but I found a document by
following the location. Thank you!

On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 10:40:01AM +0200, Dominique Dumont wrote:
> On Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:23:08 CEST Jongmin Kim wrote:
> > I'm new to packaging, and I am currently trying to write 'd/copyright'
> > file. I am watching some other repositories for studying the
> > conventions.
> Note that the copyright file can be generated from sources:
>  https://wiki.debian.org/CopyrightReviewTools
> As the author of cme, I would recommend using 'cme update dpkg-copyright' 
> and then to review the generated file.
> See https://github.com/dod38fr/config-model/wiki/Updating-debian-copyright-file-with-cme
> You can also check the file with: cme edit dpkg-copyright.
> These tools require cme packages with its recommended dependencies.
> Hope this helps

I will try using cme for generating the d/copyright file. Thank you for
your tool suggestion! 

Jongmin Kim

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