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Re: copyright years in the copyright file


On 2014-04-25 23:16:29 +0900, Osamu Aoki wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 01:56:21AM +0200, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > The copyright years in /usr/share/doc/getmail4/copyright are incorrect
> > (not up-to-date). I have reported bug 743161[*] about that, but it has
> > been closed because upstream doesn't care. This means that some time
> > in the future, people could think that some code has fallen into the
> > public domain, while this is actually not true. One may also wonder
> > whether new code is distributed in the same license (one could
> > interpret the lack of copyright notice update as unspecified license
> > for the new code).
> Upstream considers this is good enough and 1 year is nothing to fuss
> about.  See http://marc.info/?l=getmail&m=131805611901165&w=2
> | Neither.  I update that when I happen to notice another year has gone by
> | (getmail is more than a decade old at this point) -- but it's not
> | important to keep it current.  Having that year out-of-date has no legal
> | effect under the Berne copyright convention.
> Thus, I do not think this is a bug.

Then it's better not to put any year than to provide incorrect
information. Putting incorrect information on purpose to deceive
people is really bad!

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