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Re: question : authors names in code

Le mercredi 16 janvier 2008, Bas Wijnen a écrit :
> > 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.
> Also, in case of GPL'd code, clause 2a (GPL-2) says that if you modify
> files
> 	You must cause the modified files to carry prominent notices
> 	stating that you changed the files and the date of any change.
> And in clause 5a (GPL-3):
> 	The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified
> 	it, and giving a relevant date.
> This means that for GPL-2, you need to add your own name to the file
> itself.  GPL-3 allows the "CREDITS" version because it only specifies
> that it must be somewhere in the work.  However, IMO in the file itself
> is still the best option.
> AFAIK only a year is considered a date, so putting
> 	Copyright 2008 Bas Wijnen <wijnen@debian.org>
> at the top of the file is enough to fulfill the requirement, assuming
> I'm the one changing it and I'm doing it this year. ;-)
This seems a nice summary.
Now i understand better this copyright thing, and will not remove any name
just add mine where i did significant changes.

Thanks everybody for explanations and URL.

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