On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 12:34:05PM -0400, Felipe Sateler wrote:
On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 12:00, Jonas Smedegaard <jo...@jones.dk> wrote:
On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 11:16:07AM -0400, Felipe Sateler wrote:

The page lists the complicated history of the manual. The important part is that the licensing was some non commercial license, and MIT held the rights to change that (Barry Vercoe et al were working at MIT while developing csound and the manual). Finally the licensing was changed to GFDL, and the manual moved to a sourceforge CVS repository, where the current development is still done. There is no way we can track who did what change to which file, but the best we can do is expand the "Andres Cabrera and others" to a list of 35 names and still have the "and others".

I think at least we should document the situation in debian/copyright, then.  Not needed to include all history, only status quo is relevant (if possible without laying it all out)

How to do that in the dep5 format?

And not all contributors are relevant, only those claiming copyright.

I believe this is wrong. Authors have copyright have they explicitly claimed it or not.

Authorship and ownership are related but different. In some legal jurisdictions you are right that authorship implicitly provides ownership, but in others you need to explicitly claim ownership.

My point is a little different, however: If a file states "copyright this one person, with contributions from these others" then either those others passed ownership to that first person, or the copyright information is incomplete. It does not make sense to me that we should assert copyrights not explicitly stated - if we cannot trust the explicit copyright statements to reflect reality, then we cannot trust implicit ones either and should not redistribute those sources!

And BTW, the code is broken :p.

How so?  Something I did?

No, merely the page changed so the sed invocation was not correct.


Nothing too complex for you to swiftly fix, I guess :-)

Kind regards,

 - Jonas

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