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From Henri Yandell <bay...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Update copyright notice of docs distributed with the project
Date Sat, 01 Oct 2016 19:25:28 GMT
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. "

On Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton <dennis.hamilton@acm.org>
wrote:

> There seems to be a misunderstanding about what the copyright dates
> signify.  If a document has not changed since 2008, then there is nothing
> to change in a Copyright (c) 2008 notice because there is no newer content,
> and no matter what gets put in the notice, the term of the copyright does
> not increase (except by changes in the copyright law, such as the term
> extension created to protect Walt Disney copyrights).
>
> I notice that book publishers have gone to just using the date of the
> latest content and not the multiple dates of publication in successive
> editions of some works. (Check recent latest editions of The Art of
> Computer Programming volumes).
>
> Since the ASF recommends not putting ASF notices on individual files and
> simply providing the ALv2 license notification, exactly why/where is it so
> important to keep updating copyright notices in many places?  And do the
> additional dates genuinely reflect presence of additional/modified content
> subject to copyright?  Doing this as a rubber-stamp exercise is probably
> harmless but it is not clear what it accomplishes where the content subject
> to copyright has not changed.
>
>  -- dennis
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Justin Mclean [mailto:justin@classsoftware.com]
> > Sent: Friday, September 30, 2016 21:34
> > To: legal-discuss@apache.org
> > Subject: Re: Update copyright notice of docs distributed with the
> > project
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > > However, since when you contribute to ASF projects you license your
> > > code to the Foundation, the Foundation feels that this:
> > >   http://www.apache.org/dev/licensing-howto.html#simple
> > > is the minimum amount of protection it needs.
> >
> > If may also depend if the documentation is bundled in a release or not
> > or just displayed on a web site. [1]
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Justin
> >
> >
> > 1. https://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#faq-webpages
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