killer at debian.org
Tue Jan 6 20:42:02 UTC 2009
Torsten Werner <twerner at debian.org> writes:
> I have attached the (generated) NOTICE file for maven-doxia-tools. It
> Maven Doxia Integration Tools
> Copyright 2002-2008 The Apache Software Foundation
> Shall I really change the copyright statement in the Debian package as
> you have suggested?
The problem is that as far as I can tell the NOTICE file is completely
incorrect. All code files state that the ASF is *licensed* to
distribute the code, thus leaving the copyright ownership with the
original authors. I don't know why ASF wants to have things like this,
it would be a lot easier if the contributors transferred copyright to
I admit that this is a bit technical, and I know that I've recently
accepted ASF packages with the same issue, but now that the issue was
brought up, I think it needs to be handled.
My suggestion for debian/copyright is something like this:
Copyright [XXXX-YYYY] original contributors [and a list or a pointer
to the list file, if they are listed in the code]. Licensed to The
Apache Software Foundation under GNU Public License version 2.
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