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Re: Overview of copyright issues

From: Joseph Wakeling
Subject: Re: Overview of copyright issues
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 22:40:46 +0200
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Graham Percival wrote:
> For this reason, I categorically refuse to have file-specific
> ownership.  Documentation is documentation; any doc committers
> will be listed in the same place.

About docs, I completely agree.  I didn't have to spend long in the git
logs to realise that it just wasn't feasible to meaningfully identify
contributors -- there's too much moving, renaming, copy-pasting, etc.

> I still think it would be a complete waste of time, but if you
> really want to track down file ownership of source code, _I_ won't
> stop you.  You'd better check that everybody else is ok with this,
> though.  And by "ok", I mean "agrees to you doing the initial
> work, *and* commits to maintain such info in the future".

I think with code it has more value, and ought to be reasonably easy to
maintain.  There's also the fact that the code, unlike the docs, _does_
contain per-file copyright notices, and that these are wrong.  If we're
going to have them, they ought to be accurate.

Best wishes,

    -- Joe

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