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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.


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