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copyright: update all copyright lines and remove year ranges #10205

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@bagder bagder commented Jan 2, 2023

  • they are mostly pointless in all major jurisdictions
  • many big corporations and projects already don't use them
  • saves us from pointless churn
  • git keeps history for us
  • the year range is kept in COPYING.

checksrc is updated to allow non-year using copyright statements

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I haven't reviewed everything individually, but the idea looks good to me.

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kdudka commented Jan 2, 2023

I am not sure about the legal implications but it would make backports easier in long term.

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bagder commented Jan 2, 2023

Several people pointed out this blog post and highlighted lots of projects from known companies and organizations that already dropped them.

Some said it is fine as long as it is kept in the main COPYING file, so I did that. Not saying it is necessarily a legal requirement, but keeping it in one place seems fine to me.

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Haven't reviewed in detail but support the concept.

- they are mostly pointless in all major jurisdictions
- many big corporations and projects already don't use them
- saves us from pointless churn
- git keeps history for us
- the year range is kept in COPYING

checksrc is updated to allow non-year using copyright statements

Closes #10205
@bagder bagder force-pushed the bagder/copyright-wo-years branch from 5ee2ddf to 7c1638f Compare Jan 2, 2023
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bagder commented Jan 2, 2023

Did another pass and cleaned up more. Especially other names and year ranges not following the common style.

@bagder bagder closed this in 2bc1d77 Jan 3, 2023
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bagder commented Jan 3, 2023

Welcome to the new curl 😁

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