Question about copyright notices

Albert Astals Cid aacid at kde.org
Thu Sep 24 00:43:15 BST 2020


El dimecres, 23 de setembre de 2020, a les 19:35:26 CEST, Andreas Cord-Landwehr va escriure:
> On Montag, 21. September 2020 22:32:37 CEST Matthieu Gallien wrote:
> > Is there some consensus as to what is best for code hosted by the KDE
> > community ?
> 
> Hi, that is a good question! I cannot recall that we discussed this during the 
> last decade. Anyways, there is not a documented consensus either in the 
> licensing policy or in the licensing wiki. The REUSE project just says in 
> their FAQ [1] that there are several options. But I think it would be good to 
> have a preferred way.
> Until today, I mostly saw the approach "author updated year on latest change", 
> but I also know KDE projects where mass-copyright updates were done in the 
> past.
> 
> Personally, I would prefer the way Johan described: Update the year only on 
> change. But that is only my opinion. What do the others think?

If you're not doing any change you're not creating copyright because there's nothing being created, so yes i would not agree on updating the copyright if you don't change anything.

Also remember that you don't *need* to really write that you have copyright on things, you create copyright by just creating the things, the copyright notices are a nicety not really a requirement if you have other things like git that can prove who and when something was created [*]

Cheers,
  Albert

* Not a lawyer, not sure how valid a git commit log is to prove you created something in court

> 
> Cheers,
> Andreas
> 
> 
> [1] https://reuse.software/faq/#years-copyright
> 
> 
> 






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