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Re: question : authors names in code

On 1/15/08, Jens Seidel <jensseidel@users.sf.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 08:54:19PM +0100, Vincent Fourmond wrote:
> >   In my understanding, you should never modify a copyright notice unless
> > that is explicitly granted by the license. This is very rare (the only
> Why? You can change any file as long as the license allows it. If the
> source file is part of Debian you are free to change everything.
> You can of course not change the copyright of the file itself (the
> author owns it, independent whether it is mentioned or not). But there
> is no rule which states that a copyright notice has to be added to a
> file and this note should not be changed.

It seems to me that these two paragraphs you've written mutually
contradict each other.  I agree with Vincent about this, and there was
a flamewar between OpenBSD people and some developers from
linux-wireless, who naively thought they could just replace the
conditions with "compatible" ones.

See http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS2902106404.html for the first
reference to this I found.  I'm too busy for now to actually read the
documents that the Software Freedom Law Centre released in response to
this, but they're probably a useful source of guidance.

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