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From "Henri Yandell" <>
Subject Re: [all] Author tags [was Line width and such minutiae]
Date Tue, 04 Apr 2006 16:16:34 GMT
On 4/2/06, Martin Cooper <> wrote:
> On 4/2/06, Sandy McArthur <> wrote:
> >
> > For me that falls apart in two places:
> > 1. authorship != ownership, this is made clear by the file's header.
> > 2. subversion contains enough information to target critical
> > contributors. In my mind that is like worrying about a second story
> > window that may be unlocked when your front door is off the hinges.
> Subversion does indeed contain plenty of information. However, lawyers don't
> understand source control systems, but they do understand plain text. A
> technical perspective isn't what's important here; what lawyers understand,
> and what is supported by legal precedent, is. That's where the board is
> coming from, backed by legal advice.

There's also a difference between push and pull, I believe. We are
publishing/distributing the author names in the javadoc/source - we
don't publish the subversion data.


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