RE: RFE: Add Subversion keyword for year
From: Bob Archer <Bob.Archer_at_amsi.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 09:42:19 -0400
> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 12:02 AM, Daniel Becroft
A copyright notice is not necessary but recommended. The copyright notice applies to the "work" so, the whole program is the work. Putting a notice on every file is not required. However, the copyright notice applies to the work, so even if a specific file hasn't been changed the notice should be the same on every file, in your documentation, on your distribution media and probably displayed on a startup/splash screen/about page.
Also, if you don't publish the source, the notice in the source is probably not needed.
The date listed is the publication date. Also, any time you publish a substatial change it is a new "work" so the date should be updated. Usually all the publish dates are listed...
Copyright 2010 Big Software, Inc.
if you modify it and put out a release in 2011 you change it to:
Copyright 2010-2011 Big Software, Inc.
no changes until 2014 you would do:
Copyright 2010-2011, 2014 Big Software, Inc.
So, I wouldn't want this automatically done. I would recommend you use a copyright.txt file with the notice and have your build system or something inject it.
BTW: IANAL either.
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