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Subject: Re: copyright notices

Re: copyright notices

From: Tomas <tomas_at_salfischberger.nl>
Date: 2005-10-29

I don't know how this is "officially" done, but when I rewrite
something/change a lot I just add a comment stating my name and the
change date. Like this one:
http://www.rockbox.org/viewcvs.cgi/apps/recorder/bmp.c?rev=1.14&view=markup

When you start a new file, but use a lot of code from an existing one,
you can just add the name from that file to yours in an extra comment.
I'm not sure if that's the official way, but I don't think anybody here
minds if you do it that way.

Tomas

KÚvin FERRARE wrote:

>Ok, and what if I merged the content of 2 files in one new ?
>which author should I put on the header ?
>What does the copyright refers to ? the file or the content ?
>What if I created a new file with some code from other files and some
>of my code in it ?
>
>I asked several times on the IRC channel, and I was told do do like
>that, I don't intend to steal the property of rockbox code
>
>
>Also, I can obviously remove my name, but I think it would be more
>fair and more convenient to have a list of authors for a file like I
>saw in several others open source projetcs
>
>example in the linux kernel for a file taken randomly
>/*
> * $Id: bttv.h,v 1.22 2005/07/28 18:41:21 mchehab Exp $
> *
> * bttv - Bt848 frame grabber driver
> *
> * card ID's and external interfaces of the bttv driver
> * basically stuff needed by other drivers (i2c, lirc, ...)
> * and is supported not to change much over time.
> *
> * Copyright (C) 1996,97 Ralph Metzler (rjkm@thp.uni-koeln.de)
> * (c) 1999,2000 Gerd Knorr <kraxel@goldbach.in-berlin.de>
> *
> */
>
>What do you think about that ?
>
>
>On 10/29/05, Daniel Stenberg <daniel@rockbox.org> wrote:
>
>
>>On Fri, 28 Oct 2005, cvs@labb.contactor.se wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>- * Copyright (C) Daniel Stenberg (2002), KÚvin FERRARE (2005)
>>>+ * Copyright (C) Daniel Stenberg (2002), Kevin FERRARE (2005)
>>>
>>>
>>Let me clarify something here, Kevin.
>>
>>You adding to or changing an existing file _does not_ make you an additional
>>
>>copyright holder of the file. The original copyright holder still holds the
>>
>>copyright of the file even if you've changed it.
>>
>>If everyone who changed the files would add themselves to the copyright
>>lines
>>as you have, it would quicky become rather silly.
>>
>>--
>> Daniel Stenberg -- http://www.rockbox.org/ -- http://daniel.haxx.se/
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
Received on Sat Oct 29 16:31:10 2005


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