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Re: Documenting copyright holders in debian/copyright


On Tue 30 Oct 2018 at 09:34PM -0400, Scott Kitterman wrote:

> Somewhat recently there has been significant discussion within the project
> regarding the necessity of documenting copyright attribution in
> debian/copyright.  The FTP team has reviewed the situation and takes the
> following position: [...]

Thank you for working on this.

> 4.  The FTP team believes that documenting copyright holders in
> debian/copyright is a good idea.  If policy were modified to make it along the
> lines of SHALL if the license does not explicitly allow it to be left out of
> binary distributions and SHOULD in all other cases, the FTP team believes this
> would be a good change make maintainer's efforts easier when a package license
> allows for it.

We don't use the term 'shall' in Policy.  We have 'must', 'should' and
'may' (see Policy 1.1).  I assume you mean the RFC2119 meaning of
'shall', which is equivalent to 'must'?

Sean Whitton

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