On 11-06-13 at 03:14am, Felipe Sateler wrote:
> 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 McCartney" is out of date.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.

I did not write that all others need to be documented.

On the contrary, when those others are contributors without holding 
copyright, I believe they need not be listed.

 - Jonas

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