2011/6/13 Jonas Smedegaard <d...@jones.dk>: > 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 McCartney" is out of date.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.
OK. This can be implemented simply by using the names given in the copyright statements, as has been done in the package at present. However, there are quite a few contributors who have made contributions of sufficient complexity (etc) to claim copyright, but who didn't bother to change the copyright notices. Should I ignore them, or what? I could say "it's their fault for not claiming their copyright" but at least in my country (UK) you don't need to claim copyright in order to have it, so in a sense I should attribute them even if they forgot to attribute themselves. To be honest, I guess it's probably OK as-is (without "others"), though it does feel a little unrepresentative. Dan _______________________________________________ pkg-multimedia-maintainers mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/pkg-multimedia-maintainers