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

On Sun, Feb 07, 2010 at 09:33:29PM -0600, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> 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.


Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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