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Bug#768292: debian-policy: please allow copyright file to refer to license text in separate files

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:

> within our current practice, the MPL-2.0 license would need to be added
> to /usr/share/common-licenses to allow quoting it from the Debian
> copyright file.  Last time Russ looked if the license was frequent
> enough, the answer was no.  But you can have a look at
> tools/license-count in the Policy's source package, and run it again at
> lintian.debian.org to see if the situation changed significantly.  That
> would solve your problem with this license.

I suspect the right answer for the MPL-2.0 at this point is to just put it
in common-licenses, since it keeps coming up and causing friction.

ftpmaster mentioned during the last discussion that they see this often
enough that they'd be supportive of that.  It's not as widely used as the
bar that we'd normally like to use, but it's referenced in some very
widely-installed packages, and it's irritating to deal with because it's
so long.

The other objection, though, was that, as a project, we don't really
*like* the MPL 2.0 license.  It's a rather irritating license that we'd
rather people not use, and having it in common-licenses can be seen as a
sort of endorsement.  I'm not sure how much weight to put on that

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

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