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Bug#566220: [PATCH] Clarify "verbatim copy of its copyright and distribution license"

On Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 10:43:54AM +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> That it's not called a policy doesn't stop it from being one. See
> <URL:http://ftp-master.debian.org/REJECT-FAQ.html>, which in regard to
> this current discussion links to a 2006 message from an FTP Master:

It links to a 2006 message from an ftp *assistant* who is now an ftp master.
Lack of dissent at the time is merely an indication that it was a
non-binding statement from a single member of the ftp team, not that the
Project agreed with it (or that the ftp team has the authority to
unilaterally impose new archive acceptance requirements).

>     Your debian/copyright file must contain the following information:
>      - The author(s) name

This, in particular, diverges from the requirements of Debian Policy, the
major free software licenses, and copyright law.  Author != Copyright

> As you noted, that is an aspect of expressed FTP Master policy that is
> in contradiction to the current practice of the Debian project. The
> question I'm raising is which should we describe in the Debian policy
> document: current consensus practice, or FTP Master edict?

Assuming by "current consensus practice" you mean the copyright files that
fail to satisfy the GPL requirements to reproduce copyright statements,
then:  neither.

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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