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How to figure out the licenses of files installed from packages?

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On a Linux system, a lot of files are installed from packages, many of which have different licenses (and sometimes different licenses for different files in the package).

If I want to figure out the exact license for a specific file on my system, what is the best way to figuring that out (assuming it's not written right in the file itself)?

I'm in particular interested in doing so on Debian based system (like Linux Mint or Raspbian).

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Debian packages should contain a copyright file (8 comments)

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The Debian Administrator's Handbook: The Inner Workings of the Debian Project:

Documentation for each package is stored in /usr/share/doc/package/. (...) The copyright file includes information about the authors and the license covering the software.

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