Bug#462996: About FTP Masters requirements for Debian copyright files.
Charles Plessy wrote:
> Some licenses include a template for “notices” (GPL), “exhibits” (MPL), etc.,
> also called “headers” or “boilerplates”.
> More in details, one of the questions was to know if
> the reason for reproducing them is to include the disclaimer of warranty.
Just to clarify, I never asked such a thing. Instead, I wrote that
I find it likely that one reason the message <email@example.com>
that Charles quoted mentioned these notices is that the notices
tend to have some useful properties:
- They mention that the program can be distributed under the terms
mentioned, unlike a statement like "You can find the GPL here" that
does not say so.
- They briefly go over what rights that gives you.
- They precisely describe which version of the license is meant.
- They disclaim warranty.
Nevertheless, I don't believe policy requires repeating these blurbs
verbatim. If you can succeed in including a verbatim copy of the
copyright information and of the license and documenting that without
confusing people, then you're done --- there is nothing magical about
particular sets of words like "This program is free software".
Have I missed something? And while I'm at it, is there a reason to
chase after official ftpmaster pronouncements here, or is there some
other way the project documents details like this one?
Hoping that clarifies a little.