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Re: DEP-5 meta: New co-driver; current issues

Craig Small <csmall@debian.org> writes:

> I actually second Bernd's comments.  It seems uneccessarily complex and
> so very much harder to read. It's especially insane if you have multiple
> authors and where the license stays the same but the copyright years
> change.

I combine all the copyright notices into one block with that license.  I
don't see anything in the DEP-5 format that says you can't do that, but if
there is anything, clearly we should fix that.  Legally, I believe doing
that is fine.

> My suggestions:
>   * Split out the authors and the copyright dates into one chunk.  The
>     fact that fileA is copyright 2005 Joe and fileB is copyright 2006
>     Fred and then fileC is copyright 2006 both of this is completely 
>     irrelevant for most people, just that Joe and Fred have copyright 
>     of some parts of the package is enough.

I think *allowing* this would be fine, but *requiring* that the authors be
separated from the corresponding license block is a bad idea.  It's often
quite easy to retain this (by just copying the copyright and license from
a portion of the package), and I personally don't want to lose that

>   * Make it possible to say "this package is licensed under foo 
>     except fileA which is licensed under bar"

I'm not sure why you don't think this is already possible.  I do this all
the time using the existing DEP-5 specification.

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

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