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Re: [DEP5] License field in the first paragraph ?

Le Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:42:17PM +0200, Lars Wirzenius a écrit :
> There seems to be consensus to add an optional License field to the
> first paragraph. Anyone want to make a patch, and perhaps include some
> version of Russ's explanation above as rationale, so that we don't get
> endless questions about this in the future?

Here is a first attempt. Comments welcome: the discussion was a bit complex and
I am not sure if I summarised it well.

--- a/dep5.mdwn
+++ b/dep5.mdwn
@@ -186,6 +186,21 @@ in `debian/control` files.
      per-file copyright information. See also `Copyright` below in
      the `Files paragraph` section.
+ * **`License`**
+   * Optional
+   * Syntax: formatted text, with synopsis
+   * In the header paragraph (no `Files` specification), this field
+     gives the license information for the package as a whole, which
+     may be different or simplified from a combination of all the
+     per-file license information. See also `License` below in
+     the `Files paragraph` section.
+The `Copyright` and `License` fields in the _header paragraph_ may complement
+but do not replace the _files paragraphs_. They can be used to summarise the
+contributions and redistribution terms for the whole package, for instance when
+a work combines a permissive and a copyleft license, or to document a
+_compilation copyright_ and license.

Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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