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From Henri Yandell <bay...@apache.org>
Subject Re: NOTICE file
Date Mon, 07 Sep 2015 20:01:20 GMT
On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 8:36 AM, William A Rowe Jr <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>
wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 8:18 AM, Flavio Junqueira <fpj@apache.org> wrote:
>
>> Hi there,
>>
>> I have a couple of questions about the NOTICE file. In this page:
>>
>> http://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html
>>
>> it says that it should include the following text, suitably modified to
>> reflect the product name and year(s) of distribution of the current and
>> past versions of the product:
>>
>> Apache [PRODUCT_NAME]Copyright [yyyy] The Apache Software Foundation
>>
>> As I understand it, it means that every year, if there is a release, the
>> year part needs to be modified to add the new year, e.g., 2010-2015 if
>> there is a release in 2015. How much of a problem is it if a release comes
>> out without that year field updated?
>>
>
> Unnecessary to have a span of years, and now considered improper form.
>

Currently the site says the opposite - is that documented anywhere on the
site?

All I recall is a lot of debate on the subject - what's the origin of it
being considered improper form?


>
> The current year (when this specific package is published) is the only
> year necessary.  The copyrights on individual bits probably go back many
> years before the first ASF release, but what is important here is the
> copyright of the collective work that is your current release (here and
> now).
>

Hen

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