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 McCartney" is out of date.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.


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