darcs

Issue 331 wish: copyright headers could use more attention

Title wish: copyright headers could use more attention
Priority wishlist Status wont-fix
Milestone Resolved in
Superseder Nosy List darcs-devel, dmitry.kurochkin, fx, kowey, thorkilnaur, tommy, twb
Assigned To
Topics Community

Created on 2006-11-04.18:22:25 by fx, last changed 2020-07-30.18:28:15 by simon.

Messages
msg1170 (view) Author: fx Date: 2006-11-04.18:22:19
It looks as though the copyright headers could use attention in
addition to the FSF address changes I just sent.  At least some of
them seem to be missing years for significant changes and just say
`Copyright ... David Roundy' when there are significant contributions
from people who presumably haven't assigned copyright.  I guess adding
`and others' to the attribution is OK, since contributors are in
AUTHORS, but IANAL.
msg1234 (view) Author: tommy Date: 2006-11-16.13:50:57
I started on this issue a couple of days ago. I've asked around
some, and it appears that for at least countries adhering to the
Bern convention (many) the copyright notice is not in any way
necessary (if you can prove in some way authorship of the file).

It's not hard to investigate the precise submitter of any piece
of code in darcs, should it be needed, like for a legal
disagreement of some sort.

The biggest benefit of correct copyright notices is the
convenience for external parties. A general copyright notice
would not bring so much convenience, but it would at least give
a good starting point for those patient enough to investigate
further.

This task is very boring and even more time-consuming, so I'm
unassigning myself from it, but I'll try to keep track of new
changes that I push to the stable repo, and take notes so I can
update copyright notices just like I do with changelog entries.
msg8531 (view) Author: kowey Date: 2009-08-27.09:03:08
It might be a good idea to cobble together a little shell script to
semi-automate this.
msg8551 (view) Author: twb Date: 2009-08-28.00:02:47
On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 09:03:10AM +0000, Eric Kow wrote:
> It might be a good idea to cobble together a little shell script to
> semi-automate this.

I only found this recently, but Debian has licensecheck(1) in the
devscripts package.
msg19532 (view) Author: bf Date: 2017-08-09.14:58:47
Can we just scrap them everywhere? I hate these things, they clutter the
source code with noise and nobody likes to maintain them so nobody does.
And - as tommy said - it is no problem to re-construct authorship from
the darcs repo (e.g. use darcs annotate).
msg22310 (view) Author: bf Date: 2020-07-30.18:10:56
I am not willing to spend time with this nonsense.
msg22313 (view) Author: simon Date: 2020-07-30.18:28:12
If someone wants to, http://hackage.haskell.org/package/headroom is a good tool for it.
History
Date User Action Args
2006-11-04 18:22:25fxcreate
2006-11-11 17:24:07tommysetnosy: droundy, tommy, kowey, fx
2006-11-16 13:51:09tommysetstatus: unread -> unknown
assignedto: tommy ->
messages: + msg1234
nosy: droundy, tommy, kowey, fx
2008-02-08 03:36:52markstossetstatus: unknown -> deferred
nosy: + beschmi
title: copyright headers could use more attention -> wish: copyright headers could use more attention
2008-10-23 14:11:57koweysetstatus: deferred -> unknown
nosy: + dmitry.kurochkin, dagit, twb, simon, thorkilnaur
2009-08-06 17:44:02adminsetnosy: + markstos, jast, Serware, darcs-devel, zooko, mornfall, - droundy, fx, twb
2009-08-06 20:52:21adminsetnosy: - beschmi
2009-08-10 21:58:13adminsetnosy: + fx, twb, - markstos, darcs-devel, zooko, jast, Serware, mornfall
2009-08-10 23:57:40adminsetnosy: - dagit
2009-08-22 00:29:08koweysetstatus: unknown -> needs-implementation
nosy: tommy, kowey, fx, simon, twb, thorkilnaur, dmitry.kurochkin
2009-08-22 00:29:20koweysettopic: + Community
nosy: tommy, kowey, fx, simon, twb, thorkilnaur, dmitry.kurochkin
2009-08-25 17:31:50adminsetnosy: + darcs-devel, - simon
2009-08-27 09:03:10koweysetnosy: tommy, kowey, fx, darcs-devel, twb, thorkilnaur, dmitry.kurochkin
messages: + msg8531
2009-08-27 14:34:09adminsetnosy: tommy, kowey, fx, darcs-devel, twb, thorkilnaur, dmitry.kurochkin
2009-08-28 00:02:50twbsetnosy: tommy, kowey, fx, darcs-devel, twb, thorkilnaur, dmitry.kurochkin
messages: + msg8551
2017-08-09 14:58:48bfsetmessages: + msg19532
2020-07-30 18:10:59bfsetstatus: needs-implementation -> wont-fix
messages: + msg22310
2020-07-30 18:28:15simonsetmessages: + msg22313