On Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 22:40, Jonas Smedegaard <d...@jones.dk> wrote:
>> Actually, for "*" the listing of "Copyright: 2002-2003, James
>> McCartney" is out of date. I would change it to "Copyright: 2002-2011,
>> James McCartney and others" - that OK? There are many dozens of code
>> contributors so I hope "others" is not too weird.
> "others" is not a legal entity.
> What needs to be listed in Files sections is the actual copyright
> holders, not all contributors.
There is not full consensus around this idea. If one can be reasonably
sure that the work is under the listed license, my personal take on
the subject is that one lists all the copyright holders on a best
effort basis. It can perfectly be possible, especially with large and
relatively old packages, that names are forgotten/lost. That doesn't
mean the package is not fit for debian because the copyright file
cannot list all copyright holders.
In other words, I believe it is acceptable to put "others" in the
Files sections, when filling the complete list is too hard.
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