[Python-Dev] Copyright notices in modules
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Wed Jan 21 19:04:19 CET 2009
On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:01 PM, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> 2009/1/20 Raymond Hettinger <python at rcn.com>:
>>> I'm at a loss of why the notice needs to be there at all.
>> There's a difference between contributing a whole file and
>> contributing a patch. Patches do not require copyright notices. Whole
>> files do. This is not affected by later edits to the file.
> In my comment, I postulated the situation where the patch consisted of
> merging in another, independently copyrighted, 'whole file'. Perhaps this
> has mostly been a non-existent situation and therefor moot.
> One real situation I was thinking of, unconnected to Google as far as I am
> aware, is the case of two third-party IP6 modules and the suggestion that
> they be merged into one stdlib module. If that were accomplished by
> committing one and merging the other in a patch, it would be unfair (and
> untrue) to have just one copyright notice. Of course, in this case, I hope
> the two authors work everything out between themselves first before any
There's nothing top stop you from having multiple copyrights in one
file, when that represents the rights of the original authors fairly.
> I completely understand about strongly preferring programming to lawyer
> consultation ;-).
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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