Bug#566220: [PATCH] Clarify "verbatim copy of its copyright and distribution license"
Steve M. Robbins wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 07, 2010 at 06:59:06PM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
>> The motivation is to put an end to the contrafactual interpretation of this
>> clause in Policy that Ben Finney continues to advance in discussions on
>> Debian mailing lists.
> Really? The change is aimed to silence one opinion? I'm surprised.
Lest I be accused of trying to suppress an opinion:
The point is to document consensus (if it exists) that would clear up
an ambiguity Ben Finney pointed out. Doesn’t sound so bad to me.
> I do understand your point. I accept that there are members of Debian
> who subscribe to your interpretation. It may well be that the
> original Policy writers also subscribed to your interpretation. I've
> only been part of Debian for 9 years, so the discussions around the
> policy pre-date me.
> However, I maintain that a Policy interpretation that is not enforced
> and not widely subscribed to is not really the Policy.
If you are saying debian/copyright is not supposed to contain copyright
information, please explain more so we can understand better.
Otherwise, please file a new bug; and note that it has already been
mentioned by several people that this part of policy seems to need
The simplest way to get this done I can think of is to make the
appropriate changes bit by bit. I am interested in this particular
bug because it establishes a baseline.