Bug#928199: List of licenses that don't require gathering all copyright notices

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Bug#928199: List of licenses that don't require gathering all copyright notices

Sean Whitton
Package: debian-policy
Version: 4.3.0.3
Severity: normal
User: [hidden email]
Usertags: informative
Tags: patch

Hello,

I've written a patch to add a footnote with a list of licenses that are
thought not to require the copying of all copyright notices into
Debian's copyright file.

This does not need seconding, because footnotes are not normative, but I
haven't committed this patch yet because I wanted to see if others have
reasons not to include something like this in the Policy Manual.

diff --git a/debian/changelog b/debian/changelog
index 7878523..5abe5bb 100644
--- a/debian/changelog
+++ b/debian/changelog
@@ -2,6 +2,9 @@ debian-policy (4.3.0.4) UNRELEASED; urgency=medium

   * Fix reference to FHS section in Policy 9.1.2.
     Thanks to Juuso "Linda" Lapinlampi for the patch.
+  * Add footnote to 2.3 with a list of licenses thought not to require the
+    copying of all copyright notices into the package's copyright file.
+    This was based on discussion between myself and FTP team members.

  -- Sean Whitton <[hidden email]>  Tue, 09 Apr 2019 10:20:30 -0700

diff --git a/policy/ch-archive.rst b/policy/ch-archive.rst
index 72764a9..b8ba081 100644
--- a/policy/ch-archive.rst
+++ b/policy/ch-archive.rst
@@ -192,7 +192,7 @@ information to be excluded from distributions of binaries built from
 the source.  In such cases, a verbatim copy of its copyright
 information should normally still be included, but need not be if
 creating and maintaining a copy of that information involves
-significant time and effort.
+significant time and effort.  [#]_

 See :ref:`s-copyrightfile` for further details.

@@ -369,6 +369,13 @@ management tools.
    is unable to meet, for example, if the source is unavailable. These
    situations will need to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

+.. [#]
+   Licenses that are not thought to require the copying of all
+   copyright notices into Debian's copyright file include Apache-2.0
+   and the Boost Software License, version 1.0.  Final determination
+   as to whether a package's copyright file is sufficient lies with
+   the FTP team.
+
 .. [#]
    This is an important criterion because we are trying to produce,
    amongst other things, a free Unix.

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Sean Whitton

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Bug#928199: List of licenses that don't require gathering all copyright notices

Sean Whitton
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Hello,

On Mon 29 Apr 2019 at 11:16am -0700, Sean Whitton wrote:

> I've written a patch to add a footnote with a list of licenses that are
> thought not to require the copying of all copyright notices into
> Debian's copyright file.
>
> This does not need seconding, because footnotes are not normative, but I
> haven't committed this patch yet because I wanted to see if others have
> reasons not to include something like this in the Policy Manual.

Now applied to master.

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Sean Whitton

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