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