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Re: DEP-5: Structure for multiple copyright statements

Lars Wirzenius <liw@liw.fi> writes:
> On su, 2010-08-22 at 08:00 +1000, Ben Finney wrote:

>> Could we take advantage of the natural “©” marker to indicate each
>> copyright statement?

> That's an interesting idea, but would people in general find it easy or
> difficult to write that character? (I'd have to copy-paste it, for
> instance, since my keymap does not seem to have a binding for it.)

> The word "Copyright" or the ASCII-art "(C)" might be substituted.

>>     Copyright:
>>         © 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 Beatrice
>>         Bar <beatrice@example.org>
>>         © 2008, 2010 Barry Baz <barry@example.com>

> What do others think?

> If I was writing a parser, I'd rather have the simplicity of long lines,
> but then I'm lazy. If I was writing DEP-5 files, I am not sure what I
> would prefer, but I know I would hate filling out the copyright fields
> in any case, since it's boring, repetitive work.

Ideally, I'd like to just copy and paste upstream's copyright statements
into debian/copyright and maybe do some compaction, which leads me to
prefer a free-form field.  Do we think that people are going to want to
parse and extract individual copyright holders for some reason?  If so, we
would need to standardize the format quite a bit, and I'm not sure it's
worth it.

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

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