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Include copyright notice #9384

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panosalevropoulos opened this issue Jun 18, 2021 · 3 comments
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Include copyright notice #9384

panosalevropoulos opened this issue Jun 18, 2021 · 3 comments

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@panosalevropoulos
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@panosalevropoulos panosalevropoulos commented Jun 18, 2021

In COPYING, it is good practice to include a copyright notice as per the GPL guide for proper licensing.

Thanks for this great game.

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@rubidium42 rubidium42 commented Jul 11, 2021

The third line (first line after the title) contains a copyright notice (or line 7-9 of the raw document), or am I mistaken?

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@TrueBrain TrueBrain commented Aug 23, 2021

As mentioned on the GPL guide as linked, the copyright notice is not about the COPYING file, but about the header in each source file. To quote:

This involves adding two elements to each source file of your program: a copyright notice (..)

The following The copyright notice chapter is about this part, not about COPYING. The The license files chapter is about COPYING. This file is copyrighted, but to GNU, not to us. After all, we didn't write it ;)

I am not sure if @panosalevropoulos has any source that disagrees with this conclusion, but this how I read that guide. Additionally, to me it would also be weird to add a copyright notice to a file that we didn't write. But IANAL, so who knows :)

Going to close this ticket for now; if you have any additional information, please do let us know! Tnx!

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@TrueBrain TrueBrain closed this Aug 23, 2021
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@panosalevropoulos panosalevropoulos commented Aug 31, 2021

@TrueBrain I agree that my original post was incorrect. The copyright notice should not be included in the COPYING file. But the issue remains. At minimum there should be a copyright notice in the README or CREDITS file. Optimally, there would be a copyright notice in every code file header.

Currently, there is no copyright notice to be found on the project's page.

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@panosalevropoulos panosalevropoulos changed the title Include copyright notice in license Include copyright notice Aug 31, 2021
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