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From: Ulrich Mueller <ulm@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] Call for agenda items - Council meeting 2018-10-14
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:44:17
Message-Id: w6gwoqqgsav.fsf@kph.uni-mainz.de
In Reply to: [gentoo-project] Call for agenda items - Council meeting 2018-10-14 by Sergei Trofimovich
>>>>> On Sun, 30 Sep 2018, Sergei Trofimovich wrote:
> Hello all! > 14 October (in 2 weeks from now) > at 19:00 UTC Council will meet again.
> Please provide agenda items you would like council@ to > look at (and act) as a reply to this email.
The new copyright policy (GLEP 76) leaves it to projects to decide whether they use the long form or the simplified form of the copyright attribution. I would like to ask the council to decide that the simplified attribution [1] shall be used for ebuilds in the Gentoo repository. Rationale: - Policy of the Gentoo repository is a global issue that should be decided by the council. - Quoting the GLEP: "Especially for ebuild repositories, constantly keeping track of the main copyright holder of any file would be rather inconvenient and tedious." This is particularly true for ebuilds in the Gentoo repository, where tracing the main contributor of all ebuilds would be a major effort. A developer who is updating an ebuild shouldn't have to do a copyright audit, in order to find out if the notice is still accurate or needs to be updated. Using the simplified attribution avoids that. - Changing an existing copyright notice (e.g., from "Dev. E. Loper and others" to "Gentoo Authors") could be problematic from a legal point of view, so using the simplified form from the very beginning may be preferable. - Our previous policy to require "Gentoo Foundation" in the copyright notice doesn't seem to have caused any significant problems with contributors. So I would expect "Gentoo Authors" to work as well. If necessary, organisations that hold copyright to parts of the tree could be traced in an AUTHORS file. (That would resemble the scheme used by the Chromium project [2].) Ulrich [1] https://www.gentoo.org/glep/glep-0076.html#simplified-attribution [2] https://www.chromium.org/developers/contributing-code#TOC-Legal-stuff

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Re: [gentoo-project] Call for agenda items - Council meeting 2018-10-14 Andrew Savchenko <bircoph@g.o>