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Re: svn commit: rev 4233...

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2003-01-03 06:48:19 CET

On Thu, 2003-01-02 at 21:34, B. W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
> I don't think it's anything more than a matter of correctness. Any
> lawyers here want to add their 2 cents?

Well, most lawyers probably aren't interested in version control. :)
But I've had a little training on the topic. As I understand it, the
magic "Copyright" phrase is mostly a throwback to before the Berne
convention (particularly the copyright symbol and the phrase "all rights
reserved"). I don't think it has any magic bearing in a court.

It does serve to document the copyright owner and the range of dates
represented in the file. The dates will probably not be too relevant
for about 95 years, when the copyright expires, and by then they will
almost certainly be inaccurate.

If we put "2000-2003" in files which were created after 2000, as well as
files which were not modified in 2003, then we're documenting
falsehoods, though not terribly important ones.

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