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Re: Copyright year displayed by command-line tools

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:58:24 -0500

Daniel Berlin stated many years ago that the years associated with
copyright lines are meaningless. There is no reason to burn/re-roll just
for that.

The simple fact is that if you end up in court, then what is printed to the
console has ZERO bearing (or what year is listed in a source file). The
court will look at what/when changes *actually* happened. What we state is
irrelevant. The commit logs are the important point.

So given that, what is the purpose of displaying those years? *shrug*
 (which was basically his point)

-0.9 to even thinking about burning tarballs for this reason.


On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:34 AM, Branko Čibej <brane_at_wandisco.com> wrote:

> I just noticed that we forgot to bump the displayed copyright year.
> Fixed in r1667941 and nominated for backport to 1.9.x, 1.8.x and 1.7.x.
> I also vetoed the 1.7.20 and 1.8.13 releases because of the wrong year
> ... we really shouldn't release with wrong legalese, and we already
> allowed 1.9.0-beta1 to slip through with that buglet.
> Sorry about not noticing this earlier, I realize we already have enough
> votes tor 1.7.20 and 1.8.13; but I really think we should pull these
> tarballs.
> -- Brane
Received on 2015-03-20 09:58:57 CET

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