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Re: Copyright year displayed by command-line tools

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_wandisco.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:36:20 +0100

On 20.03.2015 10:28, Branko Čibej wrote:
> On 20.03.2015 09:58, Greg Stein wrote:
>> 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.
> IMO, we should either not display the year (which IIUC would violate
> ASF policy), or we should display the correct year. Anything else
> makes us look silly.
> If I'm wrong about policy, then I propose we just change those lines from:
> Copyright (C) 2014 The Apache Software Foundation.
> to
> Copyright The Apache Software Foundation.
> (since I believe the (C) is also redundant ... as it stands now, the
> whole thing is pronounced "copyright copyright twothousandfourteen by
> the apache software foundation").

I missed that our NOTICE file is out of date, too...

-- Brane
Received on 2015-03-20 10:37:36 CET

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