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From David Crossley <cross...@apache.org>
Subject Re: copyright years (Was: svn commit: r231139)
Date Tue, 16 Aug 2005 23:41:22 GMT
Jan Materne wrote:
> David Crossley wrote:
> >> >Several times, the copyright in new files is 2002-2004. Is it normal
> ? 
> >> >Or do we have to change the dates : 2002-2005 ?
> >> 
> >> For new files it should say 2005, this is a common cut and paste
> error.
> >
> >Not actually necessary. For new files, the year should be the 
> >year that it was created. For existing files, the year does 
> >not need to be changed, because copyright extends for a 
> >certain number of years after the creation.
> >
> >I have no idea what a range of years is supposed to mean.
> >
> >We could go through our SVN and get rid of the range and just 
> >put the year of creation. That would make our job easier.
> 
> In Ant we are using the creation year and the year of each major
> modification [1,2].
> 
> [1] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=ant-dev&m=107348732426355&w=2
> [2] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=ant-dev&m=107351639604723&w=2

Ah, then it seems that no-one knows the real answer.

It would be great if someone took this topic to the
legal-discuss mailing list and then added the answer
to the Legal FAQ at www.apache.org/licences/

-David

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