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Test images copyright / rights to use

Added by Alan Pater almost 7 years ago

Robin has recently brought up the copyright of images included in tests.

I would suggest following Debian policy on this. I am looking for the Debian recommendations, but if I recall correctly, Debian policy is that all supporting media to software packages have free software compatible rights. I think if it is cool with Debian policy, it would be cool with anyone!

The Metadata Working Group guidelines are that a copyright statement should be mapped to the Exif.Image.Copyright, Iptc.Application2.Copyright, and Xmp.dc.rights properties. It seems useful to include this statement in the test images metadata.


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RE: Test images copyright / rights to use - Added by Robin Mills almost 7 years ago

Ah, this is a very helpful and useful suggestion. We have quite a number of images (especially video and eps files) of unknown origin. If we put the Debian Notice into test/data/COPYRIGHT and put it a meaningless rider to say "All files are copyright of their respect owners".

I've been wanting to recruit a test engineer to manage our test suite. It's quite good. It's written in bash. I re-engineered it a couple of years ago to make it modular.

Action
Can you:
  1. find out what's to go into the files?
  2. get suitable test for src/data/COPYRIGHT
I will:
  1. add src/data/COPYRIGHT
  2. update every relevant file
  3. make sure I haven't broken the test suite in the process
  4. submit the changes

Robin

RE: Test images copyright / rights to use - Added by Alan Pater almost 7 years ago

Attached is the copyright notice from the exiv2 debian package.

I also read the Debian Free Software Guidelines FAQ: https://people.debian.org/~bap/dfsg-faq. For documentation, they "strongly suggest you use the same license as used for the program." In the case of exiv2, that is the GPL v2 or later, as stated in the COPYING file. It seems reasonable that the same would apply to test data, but I don't see that explicitly stated.

I'll look further for more information and guidelines.

copyright (3.86 KB) copyright copyright notice from exiv2 debian package

RE: Test images copyright / rights to use - Added by Robin Mills almost 7 years ago

Alan

I've opened issue #1045 to track this. The forum is great for open/shut matters. However anything that's going to drift on is better in an Issue. It's too easy to forget about something like this. Once it's an issue, it won't get forgotten.

Robin

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