On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 01:05:02AM +0000, mira-gu...@users.alioth.debian.org 
+Format: http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/dep/web/deps/dep5.mdwn?op=file&rev=166
+Upstream-Name: japa
+Upstream-Contact: Fons Adriaensen  <f...@kokkinizita.net>
+Source: http://www.kokkinizita.net/linuxaudio/downloads/index.html
+Copyright: 2003-2006 Fons Adriaensen <f...@kokkinizita.net>
+License: GPL-2+
+Files: debian/*

Beware that copyright+license in the _header_ section does not mean the same as when listed as an initial wildcard files section.

I am not entirely sure what the listing in the header section means, but believe it is something like "upstream project claims generally for their project as released as a whole", i.e. it is _not_ the _actual_ source licensing mandated by Debian Policy but most useful for Debian-native packages and only a spiffy add-on for others, as it only vaguely indicates how upstream believe it is sensible to _relicense_ the contained source.

In other words, I believe all actually stated copyright claims and their related licensing *must* be represented in a "body" section.

So if you are lazy and want to list the least possible: Use an initial wildcard files section and avoid listing copyright and licensing in the header section.

+ You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
+ with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
+ 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.
+Comment: On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public
+ License can be found in `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2'.

I recommend to treat the contact notice _not_ as an integral part of the licensing note (as Debian Policy requires that to be included verbatim), move it to the comment (to clearly indicate such treatment), and replace it with the newer style reference to the FSF _web_ address (to avoid having to update it each time the organisation moves physical location for their headquarter and lintian gets added some whining about it).

 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
 * Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/

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