[python-uk] copyright info in source

Jonathan Hartley tartley at tartley.com
Mon Sep 9 17:13:26 CEST 2013

Why would a file ever be seen out of context? Surely to make my source 
available without the LICENSE file is breaking the terms of my license, 
so I'm not sure why I ought to jump through hoops just to cater for such 
people. Am I wrong?


On 09/09/13 14:30, Martin P. Hellwig wrote:
> I concur, you do not have to put the full license text in it, a 
> reference to it is fine.
> The logic behind that request is that some files may be seen out of 
> context of the project (as there is no reference), without having a 
> license attached the file can be legally misrepresented as being 
> public domain.
> So yes a one liner as Andy has given is all you need, by having your 
> name and year, any reference can be then looked up by anybody who is 
> interested.
> On 9 September 2013 14:24, Andy Robinson <andy at reportlab.com 
> <mailto:andy at reportlab.com>> wrote:
>     On 9 September 2013 14:18, Jonathan Hartley <tartley at tartley.com
>     <mailto:tartley at tartley.com>> wrote:
>     > They'd like me to include a license and copyright info in every
>     source file
>     > (including empty __init__.py files).
>     I have had this with big companies before, long ago.  It may actually
>     be sufficient to have one line saying something like...
>     "Copyright Jonathan Hartley 2013.  MIT-style license; see
>     mypackage/LICENSE.TXT for details"
>     - Andy
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