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From: Matt Turner <mattst88@g.o>
To: Gentoo project list <gentoo-project@l.g.o>
Cc: Ulrich Mueller <ulm@g.o>, gentoo-dev-announce@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] [RFC] GLEP 76: Copyright Policy
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 06:02:18
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-project] [RFC] GLEP 76: Copyright Policy by NP-Hardass
On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 9:25 AM, NP-Hardass <NP-Hardass@g.o> wrote:
> On 06/10/2018 04:34 PM, Ulrich Mueller wrote: > > [...] > >> Copyright Attribution >> --------------------- >> >> All files included in Gentoo projects must contain an appropriate >> copyright notice, as defined by this policy. >> >> A proper copyright notice appears near the top of the file, and reads:: >> >> Copyright YEARS LARGEST-CONTRIBUTOR [OTHER-CONTRIBUTORS] and others >> >> The largest contributor is whatever entity owns copyright to some >> portion of the largest number of lines in the file. Additional >> contributors can be listed, but this is neither required nor >> recommended. The "and others" text may be omitted if the explicitly >> listed contributors hold copyright to the entire file. > > Why is this not recommended? Here are a couple of scenarios that came to > mind that lead to me to question how that would play out: > If developer A writes 51% of the lines of an ebuild and developer B > writes 49%, should B not be listed? > What if all the metadata lines defining variables consists of 75% of the > file and was written by A, but the core functionality of the ebuild (25% > by size) was written by B? > If A writes an ebuild, and B replaces a majority (>50%) of the ebuild, > should B remove A from attribution? > I think that specifying that substantial (though not necessarily > specific in defining this) contributions/contributors should included in > the copyright attribution and that substantial contribution attribution > *is* recommended.
Don't think about the copyright line as attribution or credit. Some projects I work on have Author: lines in files, which I've always found irritating because they're often out of date and generally useless -- if you want attribution just look at git log.