[maemo-developers] Licensing of dummy packages / of the packaging

From: Loïc Minier lool at dooz.org
Date: Sat Jul 28 14:56:51 EEST 2007
On Fri, Jul 27, 2007, Mikhail Sobolev wrote:
> Do you see other similar packages beside haf-marketing-release and
> maemo-af-desktop-l10n?

 Unfortunately, it seems there are many; I naively computed the number
 of lines in debian/copyright of packages hosted in the
 stage.maemo.org/maemo/projects/haf/trunk SVN and saw that many had very
 short copyright files, or empty ones:
     0 libglade-hildon/debian/copyright
     0 maemo-examples/debian/copyright
     1 gazpacho-hildon/debian/copyright
     1 libffi4/debian/copyright
     1 sardine-installer/debian/copyright
     2 hildon-application-framework/debian/copyright
     3 hello-world-app/debian/copyright

 Some of the very short copyrights are among the lines of:
    Copyright (C) 2004-2006 Nokia Corporation.
 which clearly misses the license statement (this is

 Some are:
    Copyright: (c) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Nokia Corporation.

    hildon-home-webshortcut is licensed under the terms of the GNU LGPL v2.1
 I think this is nearly enough; a pointed to the actual license would be
 safer; perhaps:
    The Debian packaging is (c) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Nokia
    Corporation and is licensed under the LGPL version 2.1; see

 If you confirm you're interested in the full list, then I can take some
 time to categorize the packages below the SVN path
 stage.maemo.org/maemo/projects/haf/trunk; this would take me some time
 and might include obsolete stuff, so I'd prefer if you could confirm
 this is needed.  Or perhaps -- if you have authorization to do so --
 you can walk in these copyright files and fix them as you browse them?

Loïc Minier

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