Bug#255955: Clarification of
Jan-Henrik: I'm e-mailing you to see if you would be willing to clean
up the following problem with the licensing of mmail and mmake (and
any other packages) that you've intended to license under the GPL, but
didn't make it perfectly clear. If you would be willing to okay the
second copyright statement for use in mmake and mmail, that would be
ideal. Alternatively, if you could extract the same language from the
GPL section: licensing your work under the GPL, and respond to this
bug, that would work as well.
To clarify, since Thomas's first message sounded like he was talking
about mmail only (not just mmake), the second issue is that the
copyright statement doesn't actually license the work under the GPL,
even though this is pretty clearly what the author intended.
My original bug was that debian/copyright didn't actually include the
following (I was auditing packages for something wolse when I ran
COPYRIGHT GNUGPL (c) 1998-2001 Jan-Henrik Haukeland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Redistribution and use with or without modification, are permitted
provided that the above copyright notice can be reproduced. Please see
the enclosed GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE file for complete details.
The above should read something like the following:
Copyright 1998-2001 Jan-Henrik Haukeland <email@example.com>
This file is part of mmake, and is released under the terms of the
GPL version 2, or any later version, at your option. See the file
README and COPYING for more information.
if this is actually licensed under the GPL.
As always, if there are any questions, or anything I can do to help,
don't hesitate to ask.
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