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Re: Licensing of modules for libposix

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Licensing of modules for libposix
Date: Wed, 04 May 2011 12:20:41 +0200

Reuben Thomas wrote:
> On 4 May 2011 10:37, Jim Meyering <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Copyright is covered by the notice at the top of every file.
>> Authorship is another story. I've seen no reason to add the name
>> of every "author" to each source file that's affected (and am
>> strongly inclined never to do that).
>> That is meta data and belongs in the logs, not in the sources.
>> Besides, users of gnulib will need to know authorship of an
>> individual file no more than we need to know who contributed
>> to glibc's stdio-common/vprintf.c.
> In that case why is anyone's name in any file header? Shouldn't they all be 
> FSF?

Are you asking about authorship or copyright?

Most files are Copyright... by the FSF.
A rare few have individual or some corporation's name there.

It is not uncommon for the original author to add
a "written by ..." comment near the top.
IMHO, there is nothing wrong with that.
It's the original author's choice.

However, adding a new name anywhere in source files for each
new author who contributes a copyright-significant change would not
be worth the trouble.

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