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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Reviewing of project: Named Constant Gener

From: Ineiev
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Reviewing of project: Named Constant Generator (GenNC)
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 05:57:13 +0000

On 08/16/2013 10:23 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
    ineiev> I wonder whether it is really crucial for files like
    > README,  AUTHORS, THANKS, ABOUT-NLS to carry copyright notices.

They are files like any others that will need to be modified as time
goes by.  I personally see no reason why they should be an exception to
needing a license, presuming they are long enough to meet the "dozen or
so lines" criterion.
So if you think there is a case for such ancillary files to not require
a license notice in principle, I suggest writing to rms or perhaps
address@hidden and see if they agree.  Or you can make the case to me
first if you want :).

I see no actual reasons; I just checked the files in the GNU package
I maintain (and it wasn't me who wrote those files originally, it were
more knowledgeable people) and noticed that README and THANKS lack copyright
notices; then I unpacked a GCC distribution tarball and found no copyright
notices in AUTHORS and ABOUT-NLS. probably it's a bug.

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