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From Gregory A Lundberg <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] for copyright year update
Date Wed, 31 Dec 1997 17:21:36 GMT
On Wed, 31 Dec 1997, Jim Jagielski wrote:

> Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:
> > 
> > Here it is, the big patch to update the copyright notices to include
> > 1998..  (against 1.3 only, this one)
> > 

To bad I can't vote or you'd get a -1 until someone explains what work of
significant authorship appeared in 1998.  Under US copyright law, adding a
date to a copyright has no effect .. when you put more than one date on a
copyright (cf M$'s DOS copyright message) only the oldest one (the one
which expires first) is considered.  The main copyright, and the one
appearing in the object file(s).. um, there is one in the binaries, isn't
there .. should state the entire package is copyrighted making it clear a
number of copyright dates apply.  The reader must be able to determine
which (unique) date applies to a given piece of code, so each separate
file then should have it's own copyright date which is only changed if a
major re-write occurs.  It burns me to see programmers giving away
copyrights just because they've seen others do it.


Gregory A Lundberg		Senior Partner, VRnet Company
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