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Subclipse license (was: Dirty folder decorators behavior)

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2005-10-03 21:56:42 CEST

"Martin Letenay" <mle@whitestein.com> wrote on 09/30/2005 04:55:38 AM:

> So I'm in doubt now.
> Probably the most correct license statement would be the one as stated
> EPL 1.0.
> We just should append our line to the contributors at the bottom of it.
> The question is what to put there ?
> Reference to the @author tag, or reference to svn repository, or some
> in tigris.org with list of contributors etc ?

I brought up the EPL issue earlier this year. There wasn't much
discussion. I do not think it is worth pursuing. There is nothing wrong
with the CPL, Eclipse just wanted to have their own license of which they
were the stewards. The problem is that even though these licenses only
have minor differences, it is still a lot of work to transition. In our
case, we would have to track down every user that has committed and seek
their permission to change the license. It just isn't worth it.

I think the headers you have been using lately are fine. If you find
files with no headers or completely incorrect headers, you can add this
new one. Existing files probably ought to be left alone.

I know a lot of our files have copied the old Eclipse header which
references IBM. In some cases, this is probably because the file was
essentially copied from the CVS plugin. However, I think in a lot of
cases, the header was just copied to the new files (somewhat incorrectly)
in that the IBM copyright should have been removed.

Copyright in general is a tough issue for us. If this project were part
of Apache.org or Eclipse.org then we would ask people to assign copyright
to those organizations. We do not have any organization that represents
us. So all we can do is have individuals retain their copyright. I am
not sure if there are any other ways to handle this, such as assigning it
to "Subclipse Maintainers" and indicating that the repository should be

Anyway, it is all quite confusing at times.


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