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From Ted Dunning <ted.dunn...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Dropping the year(s) on the copy right headers
Date Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:46:33 GMT
No.  Leaving the year out does not mean it is copyrighted forever.  It
means that the copyright notice is defective.

You don't need a copyright notice under the Berne convention, but having
one is a good idea.

See here for some basic information on US copyright (which is pretty
similar to European copyright since both conform to the Berne convention):


On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM, Matthias Wessendorf <matzew@apache.org>wrote:

> Hello members,
> in the past we changed the license headers of our code, removing the year.
> Is there (couldn't find it) a reference to it, on the why? Leaving the
> year out, means the code is under copyright forever? (instead of just
> in a year, or a certain range)?
> Thanks!
> -Matthias
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