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Re: Is it allowed to remove old changelog entries?

On Wed, May 16, 2001 at 08:30:50PM -0600, John Galt wrote:
> On Wed, 16 May 2001, Richard Braakman wrote:
> >It also doesn't require more than the name and the date, and it doesn't
> >forbid you from removing the notices for previous changes.  So your
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> That would be a clear violation of the previous modifier's copyright.

"clear"?  I don't see how it would be a copyright violation at all.

> [...]  Taken
> from a point of view that every change is it's own quantum of intellectual
> property, I'm not sure that the Debian maintainers have the right to
> remove any changelog entries save their own.

Bugfixes are usually too small to be protected by copyright.  A few
lines don't matter, and neither do corrections where there is only
a limited number of ways to fix the code.  Copyright is only an
issue when a patch makes significant changes.  (This is because
copyright protects creative expression, not the ideas behind it.)

In any case, I don't see the relationship between copyright and
changelog entries.

Richard Braakman

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