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Re: DEP-5: clarify batching of copyrights, licenses in a single stanza

Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:
> On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 04:13:57PM +1000, Craig Small wrote:

>> We should say explicitly that the copyright field is a rollup of all
>> relevant copyright declarations for that group of files, yes.

> Russ, can you suggest some language around this?  "rollup" just conjures
> images of children's fruit snacks for me. :)

How about this (written without looking at the detailed wording of the
document, so may need some massaging to fit into the flow):

    The Copyright field collects all relevant copyright notices for the
    files of this stanza.  Not all copyright notices may apply to every
    individual file, and years of publication for one copyright holder may
    be gathered together.  For example, if file A has:

        Copyright 2008 John Smith
        Copyright 2009 Angela Watts

    and file B has:

        Copyright 2010 Angela Watts

    the Copyright field for a stanza covering both file A and file B need
    contain only:

        Copyright 2008 John Smith
        Copyright 2009, 2010 Angela Watts

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

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