On 2010-08-17 14:56, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 12:55:37PM +0200, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
>> ok,
>> i think the pd-zexy package is almost ready for release.
>> i rephrased the README.Debian, hopefully it's clearer now
>> debian/changelog has better wording for quiltification
>> maintainer is now pkg-multimedia-maintainers@ (at least in
>> debian/control.in; how do i update debian/control from that; shouldn't
>> it be done automagically?)
>> comments, uploads?
> When you clean the source in cdbs "maintainer mode", control file is
> updated[1].  Like this:
>   DEB_MAINTAINER_MODE=1 fakeroot debian/rules clean

right, i also found out about "DEB_AUTO_UPDATE_DEBIAN_CONTROL=1"

> Would you mind me adding the CDBS copyright-check routine?

i don't object, but:

> I can imagine how that may feel odd since you yourself are upstream for
> the code, but it does seem to me that you missed out some copyright and
> licensing pieces.  Not licensing conflicts, so nothing for you to worry
> about as upstream, but for Debian we care not only about that but also
> of properly recognizing all upstreams - not only main ones.
> Upstream you might want to consider improving the licensing headers to
> (more clearly) declare copyright years.  Currently you state copyright
> like this:
>  * copyleft (c) IOhannes m zmölnig
>  *
>  *   1999:forum::für::umläute:2004
> There are multiple problems with this (IANAL, so YMMV):
>   * the term "copyleft" have no legal meaning

but i guess that "(c)" is clear enough.

>   * strings are expressed in latin1 (or latin13 or similar)

this is surely no legal requirement

>   * it is unclear if the second string is copyright years
> I recommend to instead use the following one-liner:
>  * copyright 1999-2004, IOhannes m zmölnig

you translated it correctly :-)

the thing is, that this piece of software is also to be seen in an "art
context" (phew!).
the entire copyright headers are in a way a "logo".
also the encoding confusion has a historic (for me) relevance.

i would hate to change these.

(for what it's worth, nowadays i most often use the more traditional
copyright clauses)


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