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Re: Many duplications of license

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2006-06-01 06:30:18 CEST

Max Bowsher <maxb1@ukf.net> writes:
> Kobayashi Noritada wrote:
>> So, there are many license
>> descriptions and copyright notices:
>> * subversion/LICENSE
>> * www/project_license.html
>> * www/license-1.html
>> * copyright notice at the heads of source files
>> All of them are necessary?
>> And in the copyright notices in all of them, we can still find "2000-2004".
>> Shouldn't we modify them?
> Individual source files may be being updated only on change, but we
> still need to bump the global license every year.
> Regarding the massive duplication, does anyone see any problems with:
> * Deleting subversion/LICENSE - it is redundant with COPYING.
> * Making www/project_license.html simply link to www/license-1.html.
> * Maybe making COPYING just refer to www/license-1.html ?

I think it might be the case that COPYING needs to contain the actual
license text. I am not a lawyer, but until a lawyer speaks up, let's
err on the side of safety.

Having both LICENSE and COPYING is probably unnecessary, though. Or,
if we must have both, the former should simply refer to the latter or
to www/license-1.html.


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Received on Thu Jun 1 08:29:53 2006

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