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Re: Maintainers Guide

Jeremy Stanley wrote:
   This has to include a copyright year, also.

...and following additional discussion, the resolution is:

   After considering the suggestion, I have decided to close this
The year really should be included. At least in the US, not having a year in the notice appears to make the notice worthless. Quoting Title 17 USC Sec. 401(b):

   (b) * Form of Notice.— *If a notice appears on the copies, it shall
   consist of the following three elements:

       (1) the symbol © (the letter C in a circle), or the word
       “Copyright”, or the abbreviation “Copr.”; and
       (2) the year of first publication of the work; in the case of
       compilations, or derivative works incorporating previously
       published material, the year date of first publication of the
       compilation or derivative work is sufficient. The year date may
       be omitted where a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work, with
       accompanying text matter, if any, is reproduced in or on
       greeting cards, postcards, stationery, jewelry, dolls, toys, or
       any useful articles; and
       (3) the name of the owner of copyright in the work, or an
       abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally
       known alternative designation of the owner.


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