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From "Lawrence Rosen" <lro...@rosenlaw.com>
Subject RE: License footer?
Date Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:07:31 GMT
Jukka Zitting suggested:
> So I wonder if it would be OK to use a license footer instead of a
> header in source files where such an arrangement makes more sense,
> i.e. put the license info at the *end* of a file. Such files could
> still start with a one-line comment like "// Licensed under the Apache
> License, Version 2.0. See footer for details." for people who expect
> to find license info at the beginning of a file.

It sounds good to me. /Larry



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jukka Zitting [mailto:jukka.zitting@gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 7:33 AM
> To: Legal Discuss
> Subject: License footer?
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Our policy [1] says that "Each source file should include the
> following license header ..."
> 
> Inspired the discussion in [2] and my recent work with languages that
> don't put dozens of lines of import statements and other less
> interesting stuff at the beginning of a source file, I started
> questioning [3] the practice of putting such license notes as headers
> at the *beginning* of all source files. The result of this practice is
> that whenever you open a source file in a non-folding editor or
> browser, you start by scrolling down to find the actual source code.
> It would be nicer if the most frequently accessed content (i.e. the
> actual source) was right there at the beginning if the file.
> 
> So I wonder if it would be OK to use a license footer instead of a
> header in source files where such an arrangement makes more sense,
> i.e. put the license info at the *end* of a file. Such files could
> still start with a one-line comment like "// Licensed under the Apache
> License, Version 2.0. See footer for details." for people who expect
> to find license info at the beginning of a file.
> 
> WDYT?
> 
> [1] http://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html
> [2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-124
> [3] https://twitter.com/#!/jukkaz/status/169068322611146753
> 
> BR,
> 
> Jukka Zitting
> 
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