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From John McNally <jmcna...@collab.net>
Subject Re: Code has been wrestled...
Date Thu, 25 Aug 2005 18:12:31 GMT
I don't think blanket updates to the copyright years are strictly 
correct.  If a file is modified in 2001, 2003 and 2005, the years should 
be called out explicitly.  And if a copyright line says 2001-2004 and 
the file has had no modifications in 2005, there is no reason to add 
that year to the copyright line.

But I suppose alterations in whitespace can count as a change, and maybe 
one could take it so far that modifying the copyright notice is a change 
to the file, so updating the copyright is ok/correct even though it is 

If one considers publishing a book, if every year the new printings 
simply added the current year to the copyright, then it would seem an 
obvious attempt to prevent lapse into the public domain.  Though I guess 
people  would be allowed to borrow from the pieces of the document that 
were in place at any time past which the copyright expires.  So the real 
effect is that it just makes it more difficult to know when a particular 
bit of code/text may be treated as public domain.

Given that copyrights are essentially perpetual and we have public 
version control, it's both irrelevant and easy to determine, so I'm not 
suggesting it is something that we need to get particularly anal about.

John McNally

Henning P. Schmiedehausen wrote:

>"a fool has a tool"...
>I ran my shiny newly released CodeWrestler over the Torque code base and
>- updated all license headers to read 2001-2005
>- added missing license headers to files
>- removed all trailing blanks from the files
>- made sure that all xml and xml-line files contain a <?xml header line
>- made sure that all java class files have their package statement on
>  top
>Please check whether this broke anything (it didn't for me, but you'll
>never know...).
>	Regards
>		Henning

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