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Bug#912581: marked as done (Slightly relax the requirement to include verbatim copyright information)

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has caused the Debian Bug report #912581,
regarding Slightly relax the requirement to include verbatim copyright information
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Package: debian-policy
Tags: patch

On Tue 30 Oct 2018 at 09:34PM -0400, Scott Kitterman wrote:

> 2.  Additionally, it is currently required by policy:
>     2.3 Copyright considerations
>     Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its copyright
>     information and distribution license in the file
>     /usr/share/doc/package/copyright ...
> [...]
> 4.  The FTP team believes that documenting copyright holders in
> debian/copyright is a good idea.  If policy were modified to make it along the
> lines of SHALL if the license does not explicitly allow it to be left out of
> binary distributions and SHOULD in all other cases, the FTP team believes this
> would be a good change make maintainer's efforts easier when a package license
> allows for it.

I suspect we have wider project consensus for this minimal change, even
if others would prefer to relax the requirement further, so I'm
optimistically going ahead and seeking seconds for the following patch
(word diff was unfortunately not much better to read):

diff --git a/policy/ch-archive.rst b/policy/ch-archive.rst
index c429f71..72764a9 100644
--- a/policy/ch-archive.rst
+++ b/policy/ch-archive.rst
@@ -183,10 +183,18 @@ In addition, the packages in *non-free*
 Copyright considerations
+Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
+distribution license in the file ``/usr/share/doc/package/copyright``.
 Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its copyright
-information and distribution license in the file
-``/usr/share/doc/package/copyright`` (see
-:ref:`s-copyrightfile` for further details).
+information, unless its distribution license explicitly permits this
+information to be excluded from distributions of binaries built from
+the source.  In such cases, a verbatim copy of its copyright
+information should normally still be included, but need not be if
+creating and maintaining a copy of that information involves
+significant time and effort.
+See :ref:`s-copyrightfile` for further details.
 We reserve the right to restrict files from being included anywhere in
 our archives if
diff --git a/policy/ch-source.rst b/policy/ch-source.rst
index 7c6c4e8..dc80243 100644
--- a/policy/ch-source.rst
+++ b/policy/ch-source.rst
@@ -210,12 +210,13 @@ packages, please see :ref:`s-changelogs`.
 Copyright: ``debian/copyright``
-Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its copyright
-information and distribution license in the file
-``/usr/share/doc/package/copyright`` (see
-:ref:`s-copyrightfile` for further details). Also see
-:ref:`s-pkgcopyright` for further considerations related
-to copyrights for packages.
+Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
+distribution license in the file ``/usr/share/doc/package/copyright``.
+This file is usually required to contain a verbatim copy of the
+package's copyright information, too; see :ref:`s-copyrightfile` and
+:ref:`s-pkgcopyright` for details, and for further considerations
+related to copyrights for packages.
 .. _s4.6:

Sean Whitton

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Source: debian-policy

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
debian-policy, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 912581@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name> (supplier of updated debian-policy package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2018 10:17:55 +0000
Source: debian-policy
Binary: debian-policy debian-policy-ja
Architecture: source
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian Policy Editors <debian-policy@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>
 debian-policy - Debian Policy Manual and related documents
 debian-policy-ja - Debian Policy Manual and related documents (Japanese)
Closes: 188731 833401 845715 850156 912581 914383
 debian-policy ( unstable; urgency=medium
   * Policy: Update recommendations for stripping binaries and shlibs
     Wording: Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org>
     Seconded: Niels Thykier <niels@thykier.net>
     Closes: #188731
   * Policy: Slightly relax when copyright information need be included verbatim
     Wording: Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>
     Seconded: Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org>
     Closes: #912581
   * Policy: Required targets must not write outside of the source package tree
     Wording: Johannes Schauer <josch@debian.org>
     Wording: Bill Allombert <ballombe@debian.org>
     Seconded: Niels Thykier <niels@thykier.net>
     Seconded: Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org>
     Closes: #845715
   * Policy: Packages should not contain a non-default series file
     Wording: Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org>
     Seconded: gregor herrmann <gregoa@debian.org>
     Closes: #850156
   * virtual-package-names-list: Add dbus-session-bus, default-dbus-session-bus
     Wording: Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>
     Seconded: Simon McVittie <smcv@debian.org>
     Seconded: gregor herrmann <gregoa@debian.org>
     Closes: #833401
   * In a preexisting footnote, recommend passing -D to strip(1) when
     stripping static libraries.
     Thanks to Niels Thykier for the suggestion.
   * Add references to 'next' branch in README.md.
   * Convert virtual-package-names-list to YAML (Closes: #914383).
     Thanks to Jonathan Dowland for the patch.
   * Append missing '.git' to Vcs-Git.
 32d96d73dca550d5cf0babc5b77308764de35d9a 2023 debian-policy_4.3.0.0.dsc
 836885a7a30c7e61859bb4aae6aaca1fa7572ddc 531404 debian-policy_4.3.0.0.tar.xz
 eb8b979248d8d29e4aec266e3e7abd0241c4a952126b1ea8a8cfb33f60435523 2023 debian-policy_4.3.0.0.dsc
 48d9001a15656fa5a16489c3103e24f77e7a57af7aa4cfdd0f413ee3a16597c7 531404 debian-policy_4.3.0.0.tar.xz
 97e6a98aa4092a1c1550ef0bf6bcc0ca 2023 doc optional debian-policy_4.3.0.0.dsc
 f78e87cf7eb7b1def1f42004a8279030 531404 doc optional debian-policy_4.3.0.0.tar.xz



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