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Bug#566220: [PATCH] Clarify “copyright and distribution license”



Packages must include a copyright or lack-of-copyright statement
in debian/copyright.  Claims that the policy never meant
copyright notices were supposed to be included in the first place
only muddle the discussion.

This says “copyright information” instead of “copyright notices”
because as long as the information is there, it doesn’t matter if
it has exactly the same formatting.  For example, combining the
dates from multiple copyright notices is a common practice.

Signed-off-by: Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com>
---
Steve Langasek wrote:

> I agree that "copyright information" vs. "copyright notices" is reasonable,
> and there's no clear precedent in policy or the archive for preferring the
> former interpretation over the latter.  So I'd be happy to second your
> proposed text over my own.

Thanks.  Okay, here goes.

 policy.sgml |   10 +++++-----
 1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/policy.sgml b/policy.sgml
index 76ac0d4..ea3ed35 100644
--- a/policy.sgml
+++ b/policy.sgml
@@ -569,8 +569,8 @@
 	<heading>Copyright considerations</heading>
 
 	<p>
-	  Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of
-	  its copyright and distribution license in the file
+	  Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
+	  copyright information and distribution license in the file
 	  <file>/usr/share/doc/<var>package</var>/copyright</file>
 	  (see <ref id="copyrightfile"> for further details).
 	</p>
@@ -1638,8 +1638,8 @@
       <sect id="dpkgcopyright">
 	<heading>Copyright: <file>debian/copyright</file></heading>
         <p>
-          Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of
-	  its copyright and distribution license in the file
+	  Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
+	  copyright information and distribution license in the file
 	  <file>/usr/share/doc/<var>package</var>/copyright</file>
 	  (see <ref id="copyrightfile"> for further details). Also see
 	  <ref id="pkgcopyright"> for further considerations related
@@ -9108,7 +9108,7 @@ END-INFO-DIR-ENTRY
 
 	<p>
 	  Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
-	  copyright and distribution license in the file
+	  copyright information and distribution license in the file
 	  <file>/usr/share/doc/<var>package</var>/copyright</file>. This
 	  file must neither be compressed nor be a symbolic link.
 	</p>
-- 
1.7.0.rc1




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