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Re: Updating copyright years

From: Carsten Mattner
Subject: Re: Updating copyright years
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:36:50 +0100

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull <address@hidden> wrote:
> The problem with a permission-by-reference is that the user doesn't
> know what her rights are, not that the owner of the copyright can't
> enforce any restrictions that they choose to maintain (if they're
> enforceable at all, of course).  With a well-known license such as the
> GPL, it's really not necessary to provide a copy of the license from a
> legal point of view (except in cases where it's an invariant section
> in an FDL document or the like).  However, the GPL is also an advocacy
> document, so providing it in every distribution is a GoodThang.

So if I had something like:
// Copyright __YEAR__ The __PROJECT__ Authors.  All Rights Reserved.
// Use of this source code is governed by a __LICENSE__
// license that can be found in the LICENSE file.

Is that good enough?
Looking at src/nsterm.m as an example, it also doesn't have a copy of the
GPL but a long reference to it plus some surrounding explanation.

GNU Emacs is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

Isn't this almost the same reference-only licensing header?

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