--- Comment #12 from Thorsten Glaser <tg at mirbsd dot de> 2012-07-15 18:28:07 UTC ---
Indeed, the concern was raised in Debian (I stumbled upon it), so the SFLC/FSF
opinion is not enough to close this “as is”.
However, if the information from the mail you linked is correct, and the data
really consists only of uncopyrightable information, I personally (not speaking
for Debian) believe your way of resolving this (by removing the notices; I’d
notify the people involved though) is valid.
Jonathan, simply commenting the data does not necessarily add enough “work” to
fall under Copyright protection.
This example indeed looks uncopyrightable (but the notion of “being put into PD
by its author” is offensive). If the others are like this, I hope Debian will
accept the resolution that the problem is not in the inconsistent notices but
that there have been notices put on such data at all. (Note, IANAL, and I don’t
speak for the Debian glibc maintainers or ftpmasters or legal people.)