Bug#698019: libav: the effective GPL-licensed status of the binary packages should be clearly documented

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Tue Jan 15 13:41:07 UTC 2013

Quoting Thibaut Paumard (2013-01-14 23:29:40)
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> Le 14/01/2013 23:45, Francesco Poli a écrit :
> > On Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:13:48 +0100 Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > 
> >> Quoting Charles Plessy (2013-01-14 02:55:38)
> >>> On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM, Francesco Poli (wintermute)
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> I think that the effective licensing status of the binary
> >>>>> packages (GPL-2+ or GPL-3+) should be explicitly and
> >>>>> clearly documented in the comment at the beginning of the
> >>>>> debian/copyright file and, probably, in the binary package
> >>>>> long descriptions, as well.
> > [...] Since currently there is no better place (at least, not one I
> > am aware of) to carry these considerations and since I am convinced
> > that such considerations are important, I still think that the
> > comment should be kept in the debian/copyright file and clarified.
> Hi,
> I'm surprised it has not yet been pointed out, but I have always
> considered the right place to document copyright information for
> individual binary packages is <package>.copyright, which ends up as
> simply /u/s/d/<package>/copyright.
> I'm also surprised to not find it right away in either policy or
> devref. Anyway, man dh_installdocs at least doccuments the technical
> point.
> An additional README.Debian at least in the relevant -dev packages
> does not harm.

I am aware of the techical feature of debhelper to install per-package 
copyright files.

In the past I saw that as an indication that indeed the copyright file 
was intended to cover both source and effective licensing.

During my partitipation in defining the copyright file format 1.0, 
however, it was brought up that there is no such requirement for 
effective licensing - the current defined purpose of the copyright file 
apparently is only to cover copyrights and licensing or _source_.

 - Jonas

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