[Vote] FlashBox

Stéphane Graber stgraber at ubuntu.com
Fri Jul 27 17:13:37 UTC 2012

On 07/27/2012 12:46 PM, Bhavani Shankar R wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 9:33 PM, John Vrbanac <john.vrbanac at linux.com> wrote:
>> On 07/27/2012 08:47 AM, Bhavani Shankar R wrote:
>>> - found that licensecheck says that some files are in public domain
>> Woops, I misunderstood the licensing guidelines. I was under the impression
>> that files without a stated license and copyright fell under the license
>> stated in the debian copright. My mistake. Live and learn right? Thank you
>> for your patience while I'm learning the appropriate arb standards.
> Your perception is right John, Normally files in which licences are
> not specified gets covered by the license in d/copyright
> For instance:
> licensecheck has this in its output:
> flashbox/flashcache.py: *No copyright* UNKNOWN
> which means there is no license specified for this specific file
> But in d/copyright you see:
> Files: *
> Copyright: (C) 2012 Javed Khan <tuxcanfly at gmail.com>
> License: GPL-3
> which means every file in source is covered by gpl 3 license and the
> file above can be taken as covered by gpl-3
> The issue pointed out here was some files were having license headers
> as public domain whereas the d/copyright says all files are in gpl 3
> in which a conflict arises.
> Regards,

It's also usually recommended and at least for the Ubuntu archive,
enforced that any file without explicit copyright in the header be
covered by a licensing definition in COPYING or AUTHORS or README (or a
similar file).

debian/copyright is meant to be the interpretation of the copyright by
the packager, the archive admins need to match that against the upstream
declaration, if that one is missing, we can't be sure what the copyright
actually is and so have no choice but to reject it.

So far I've seen that most either have copyright headers in all source
files and/or have a generic copyright definition in one of the usual
files (outside of debian/).

Stéphane Graber
Ubuntu developer

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