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Subject: Re: copyright notices

Re: copyright notices

From: KÚvin FERRARE <>
Date: 2005-10-29

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 (
 * (c) 1999,2000 Gerd Knorr <>

What do you think about that ?

On 10/29/05, Daniel Stenberg <> wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Oct 2005, 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 -- --
Received on Sat Oct 29 14:16:51 2005

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