Re: Documenting copyright holders in debian/copyright
- Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 05:59:42 +0200
- From: Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Documenting copyright holders in debian/copyright
On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 09:34:59PM -0400, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> 1. Most licenses require copyright statements to be included. In the FTP
> team's view, unless a license explicitly states that copyright attributions
> only apply to source distributions, they apply for source and binary, so must
> be documented in debian/copyright for license compliance reasons.
> GPL requires an "appropriate copyright notice" for both source and binary
My reading of 7(b) of GPLv3 would be that it is not required.
Have any lawyers or the FSF been consulted on that?
> 3. In a few cases, FTP masters have determined that full copyright
> attribution is both not feasible and, given the nature of the package, that an
> appropriate copyright notice does not need to list all copyright holders and
> allowed packages with an incomplete debian/copyright into the archive. Such a
> package still violates policy, although the FTP masters believe it to be a
> minor violation. Just because such a determination has been made about one
> package, does not mean it should apply to another package. Almost certainly
> the answer to requests for additional exceptions will be no.
If the ftp team believes that distributing GPL code without copyright
attributions in debian/copyright is required for license compliance
reasons, noone except the copyright holders can legally grant an
exception that allows Debian to distribute that code.
If one copyright holder of a package with an existing ftp team exception
package would take legal actions against a Debian mirror, what would be
the official position of Debian regarding the legality of what our
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