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Re: Copyright License Proposal

Ingy dot Net <ingy@ingy.net> writes:

> Here's my take from the CPAN toolchain side. The CPAN community has
> worked very hard to make meta data available for all new CPAN
> modules. The meta data is in META.yml and META.json files in CPAN
> distributions. The meta data contains license type and license url.

> My proposal is that the META.* files be considered the canonical source
> for copyright, and that tools like Debian::Perl require the meta data to
> proceed, telling the author how to remedy the situations. This will
> serve both Debian and CPAN sides, furthering the interests of both.

The current granularity and detail provided by META.yml, unless it's
changed a lot since the last time I've seen it, is wholly inadequate for
Debian, unfortunately.  The Debian copyright file has to handle cases of
different files in the same distribution with different (compatible)
licenses, different copyright notices, and so forth.  It also needs to
reproduce the actual text of the license, not a URL to it, unless it's one
of the licenses that are so common that they're included in
common-licenses (and adding more licenses to common-licenses is not really
an option).

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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