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Re: question : authors names in code

2008/1/16, Vincent Fourmond <fourmond@debian.org>:
>   Hello,
> On Jan 16, 2008 8:18 AM, Jens Seidel <jensseidel@users.sf.net> wrote:
> > Please read more carefully. I wrote that you cannot change the copyright
> > but are free to change the copyright notice. The first is law stuff the
> > second only a piece of text.
>   Yes, but it so happens that the piece of text is the only way to
> assess the copyright of one file. So changing it means you're
> effectively changing the copyright of the file. This is a no-go. Be
> sure that no code modified this way will be uploaded by me.

In my opinion, the proper way to do the change is to keep the original
header in the code, and add a newer header with whatever you want to
say before it, like is described here:

In any case, I don't think changing that text would be illegal, as
long as it is clearly stated somewhere the copyright of each part of
the code, but I consider it bad taste to remove it from the headers
without asking about it to the original authors first.


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