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Re: DEP-5 and public domain

* Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org> [100802 17:28]:
> base-passwd ships passwd.master and group.master files which are
> intentionally public domain.  I received a bug report
> (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/base-passwd/+bug/610108)
> noting that "License: PD" isn't valid in DEP-5.  Ideally, I'd like to
> say something like "Copyright: PD" and omit the License field, but of
> course the License field is currently always required.
> Would it be possible to make the License field optional in the case of
> "Copyright: PD", or is there some other better change that should be
> made to accommodate this?

It would be nice to have an author recorded anyway.
(As public domain by years after death of author differs by country and
can and does change in one country, placing stuff in public domain is
in other countries just a permissive license, and US government owned
stuff is not necessarily public domain outside the US).

	Bernhard R. Link
"Never contain programs so few bugs, as when no debugging tools are available!"
	Niklaus Wirth

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