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Re: documentation on copyright headers?

From: Maxim Cournoyer
Subject: Re: documentation on copyright headers?
Date: Sun, 03 Dec 2023 14:09:29 -0500
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Simon Tournier <> writes:

> Hi,
> On Thu, 16 Nov 2023 at 15:39, Wilko Meyer <> wrote:
>> - why a copyright header has to be inserted
>> - if a copyright header has to be inserted for all files that are
>>   subject to changes (is there a treshold? can it be left out for minor
>>   changes to files etc.?) of a sent patch.
> As a rule of thumb, each time your change is non-trivial – say more than
> 5 modified or new lines in one specific file – it deserves a Copyright
> header on that specific file.  Note that deleting only does not count,
> i.e., Copyright does not apply
> In the past, the project had been very permissive, where even 2 lines
> only modifying the version and checksum fields lead to hold a Copyright
> on such modification.  Now, it should be avoided, IMHO.

I think it should be avoided as well, the long list of copyrights are
already a bit messy to maintain across trees :-).

info '(maintain) Legally Significant' offers as advice that changes of
15 lines or less or not legally significant for copyright.


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