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From Greg Stein <gst...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Update copyright notice of docs distributed with the project
Date Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:57:01 GMT
It does not matter if the file still says 2012. If you end up in a court of
law, they're going to ignore whatever was placed into the file, and look at
the evidence of creation/changes/etc.

On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 4:02 PM, Alex Harui <aharui@adobe.com> wrote:

> Thanks Roy,
>
> I noticed the US code says "year of first publication".  So if I first
> ship Apache Foo 0.5 in 2012, I would use 2012 in the copyright notice in
> NOTICE, but if I ship Apache Foo 0.6 in 2013, is Apache Foo 0.6 a "first
> publication" or a "derivative work incorporating previously published
> material" so isn't a big deal if the copyright year still says 2012?
>
> Thanks,
> -Alex
>
> On 10/5/16, 1:09 PM, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com> wrote:
>
> >> On Oct 1, 2016, at 12:25 PM, Henri Yandell <bayard@apache.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> Or even drop the year.
> >>
> >> Just saying "Copyright <Entity>" and then a FAQ that says "How do we
> >>determine the year of copyright?   Use the source control - we are a
> >>public foundation and the source history is open to all. "
> >
> >A valid copyright notice is defined by law.  The law doesn't allow
> >redirects,
> >year-ranges, nor fantasies like 2008-present.
> >
> >In the US, that would be 17 U.S. Code ยง 401 (b)
> >
> >   https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/401
> >
> >However, a valid notice isn't required if the owner doesn't care about
> >suing for damages on infringement, which is one of many reasons why
> >we no longer place a copyright notice on individual files.
> >
> >....Roy
> >
> >
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