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Re: Yearless copyrights: what do people think?

I maintain a package where upstream has dropped the years. I was told that multiple big tech companies with serious lawyers looked at this and felt it was fine.

I fully support:
  - upstreams dropping years from copyright notices
  - Debian not requiring maintainers to preserve years in
    debian/copyright files.

On 2/22/23 08:39, Sam Hartman wrote:
I think our users are better served by knowing when the Debian packaging
would enter the public domain.

In theory, I agree with you. In practice, copyright lengths are so long in many countries that software effectively never enters the public domain (at least not while it is still of useful/non-historical value).


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