xnox-gu...@users.alioth.debian.org writes:

> commit 7aad70c8efb72d7bc3de0ca1e7edbaa0b9fdb4a5
> Author: Dmitrijs Ledkovs <dmitrij.led...@gmail.com>
> Date:   Wed Dec 2 21:20:40 2009 +0000
>
>     Updated debian/copyright to DEP5

I couldn't find a commit mail to this revision, so I cannot reply inline
to the diff.

I'm sceptic with this change. The new copyright file now reads like
this in full:

,----
| Format-Specification: 
http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/dep/web/deps/dep5.mdwn?op=file&rev=59
| Name: liba52
| Source: http://liba52.sourceforge.net
| Copyright: 2000-2002, Michel Lespinasse <wal...@zoy.org>
|          1999-2000, Aaron Holtzman <aholt...@ess.engr.uvic.ca>
| 
| Files: *
| Copyright: 2000-2002, Michel Lespinasse <wal...@zoy.org>
|          1999-2000, Aaron Holtzman <aholt...@ess.engr.uvic.ca>
| License: GPL-2+
|  On Debian systems the full text of the GNU General Public
|  License can be found in the `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2'
|  file.
| 
| Files: debian/*
| Copyright: 2009, Dmitrijs Ledkovs <dmitrij.led...@gmail.com>
|          2007-2009, Fabian Greffrath <fab...@debian-unofficial.org
|          2007, Sam Hocevar (Debian packages) <sam+...@zoy.org>
|          2006-2007, Daniel Baumann <dan...@debian.org>
| License: GPL-2+
|  On Debian systems the full text of the GNU General Public
|  License can be found in the `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2'
|  file.
`----

I identify the following regressions:

 - it fails the requirement of GPL-2 paraphraph 1:

,----[ GPL-2]
|   1. You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's
| source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you
| conspicuously and appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate
| copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty; keep intact all the
| notices that refer to this License and to the absence of any warranty;
| and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this License
| along with the Program.
`----

   NB: both "appropriate copyright notice" *AND* "disclaimer of
   warranty" is *required*! This applies directly to each and every
   binary package that is produced as well as ths source package, as
   everything is GPL-2 licensed.

 - it no longer tells where the file was uploaded from. cf. policy 12.5,
   paragraph 2:

,----[ policy 12.5, paragraph 2]
|      In addition, the copyright file must say where the upstream sources
|      (if any) were obtained.  It should name the original authors of the
|      package and the Debian maintainer(s) who were involved with its
|      creation.
`----

   NB: this is a *must* directive. I know that many packages don't do
   this anyway, but AFAIUI violating a *must* directive warrants a RC
   bug.

As I'm not familiar at all with the mechanics of DEP-5, I'm reverting
this commit for now. I see no appearant problem fixed with this, but 2
serious regressions. Please note that I'm not opposed at all to DEP-5
and machine readable debian/copyrights at all, but I think we should be
extrodinary careful when it comes to legal matters.


-- 
Gruesse/greetings,
Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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