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From "ralph.goers @dslextreme.com" <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
Subject Re: Updating source files with copyright dates
Date Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:40:21 GMT
No. See http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf. You should only change
the copyright for the things you modify. My understanding is that an
inaccurate date can invalidate your copyright as the length of the
copyright is determined for the date of first publication. When you make
changes only those changes start from the new date.

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM, John Selbie <john@selbie.com> wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> I would have thought the following question would be in an FAQ
> somewhere, but I could not find it.
>
> Last year, I released an open source project with code on github under
> the Apache 2.0 license. (A stun server code base at
> https://github.com/jselbie/stunserver ). All the code distributed was
> written by me.
>
> As per the instructions in the Appendix of the Apache 2.0 license, all
> the code source files were updated with the following text at the top:
>
> /*
>   Copyright 2011 John Selbie
>
>   Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
>   you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
>   You may obtain a copy of the License at
>
>       http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
>
>   Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
>   distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
>   WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
>   See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
>   limitations under the License.
> */
>
> So here's my simple question.  It's now 2012.  I'm about to release an
> update to the code base. Do I need to change the copyright year of
> each source file to say "2012" instead of "2011" (or it is "2011,2012"
> or "2011-2012") ?
>
> Thanks,
> John Selbie
>
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