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Re: DEP-5: Structure for multiple copyright statements (was: DEP-5: general file syntax)

On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 11:36:54AM +1200, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> On su, 2010-08-22 at 08:00 +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> > Could we take advantage of the natural “©” marker to indicate each
> > copyright statement?

> That's an interesting idea, but would people in general find it easy or
> difficult to write that character? (I'd have to copy-paste it, for
> instance, since my keymap does not seem to have a binding for it.)

I think requiring symbols not on the standard keyboard is an undue burden.

> The word "Copyright" or the ASCII-art "(C)" might be substituted.

So the copyright field will include the word "copyright"?  That seems
annoyingly redundant.

TTBOMK the 'Copyright' as the field name already fulfills the legal
requirements and I don't think we should encode any redundancy with this.

I also agree with Russ that we want this to be as simple as possible to
write, and there isn't really a strong use case for imposing additional
structure on this field.  We might recommend best practices, but if no one
is actually going to be parsing it, let's not impose the overhead on

(Extracting dates should work without any additional structure, btw; just
look for the sequence of 4 digits, possibly followed by a dash and a
subsequent 2-4 digits?  :)

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