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bug#31694: man page copyright notice

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#31694: man page copyright notice
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 10:59:12 -0500
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tag 31694 notabug

On 06/02/2018 05:43 PM, bill-auger wrote:
i noticed the copyright in the sed man page has "Copyright ©2017 Free
Software Foundation, Inc."

according to GNU policy[1] it should list each year that some
modification was made

Actually, GNU policy is that _source_ files should list years that a modification was made (either to that file alone, or a range of years that any file in the project was modified even if that particular file was not otherwise modified; the range option being a lot easier to produce).

But if you go on to the end of the section, it says that for --help output (which in turn feeds the man page):

"Sometimes a program has an overall copyright notice that refers to the whole program. It might be in the README file, or it might be displayed when the program starts up. This copyright notice should mention the year of completion of the most recent major version; it can mention years of completion of previous major versions, but that is optional."

Thus, there is no reason for the man page output to list all years; it is sufficient (and compliant with GNU Coding Standards) to list only the year of the current release.

[1]: https://www.gnu.org/prep/maintain/html_node/Copyright-Notices.html

As such, I'm closing this as not a bug.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
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