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Bug#593533: debian-policy: Proposal to stop requesting to list initial Debian maintainers in debian/copyright

Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> writes:

> I don't think that initial packagers should be special-cased, but the
> copyright and licensing status of the packaging should be made clear in
> the copyright file to the extent possible.

> How to do this without making all packages instantly buggy, though, is
> tricky.

I think that's actually handled by the previous paragraph:

          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>. This
          file must neither be compressed nor be a symbolic link.

not that everyone realizes that would apply to the Debian packaging files
as well as the upstream source.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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