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From "Conor MacNeill" <>
Subject RE: Code Copyright
Date Wed, 07 Jan 2004 22:56:30 GMT
> From: Stefan Bodewig []
> Sent: Thursday, 8 January 2004 2:31 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Code Copyright
> On Wed, 7 Jan 2004, Dominique Devienne <> wrote:
> > I'm looking at your Happy New Year commit, and wonder about the
> > rational behind not listing years the source was not changed;
> I don't understand American Copyright law even remotely well enough to
> actually tell you 8-)
> I've been taught (by Australians, mind you), to write the Copyright
> lines exactly that way.  Include the years it has changed and don't
> list the years that didn't see any changes.

This is from my "Taligent Guide to Designing Programs"

"If you significantly modify a file, list the year of modification. 
The years correspond to publication, not creation dates. Separate 
consecutive years with a dash, but off-years with a comma"

This was published in 1994, for C++ programs. How much of the above 
is required and how much is merely convention, I'm not sure. Regardless,
the dates not listed do not imply there is no copyright asserted for 
those years.


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