Copyright years in source code

Gary E. Miller gem at
Wed May 6 19:42:28 UTC 2020

Yo John!

On Wed, 06 May 2020 09:02:30 -0400
John Ackermann <jra at> wrote:

> As a now-retired copyright lawyer, I'd say that removing the years is
> OK.

Yes, but I have not removed the year of first publication, just the
later years.  The "(c)" and the years after first pub neer had any legal
meaning.  Useless cruft making automatic license checking harder.  Even
year of first pub is no longer required this millennium.  BUt I kept it
to remove that ambiguity.

>  I tend to include them when I do notices, but that's as much for
> archeology as anything else.

I did this at the suggestion of Mark Atwood.  He is project head for
gpsd, NTPsec and other projects.  He also works at Amazon on software
license issues.  The MAGA have deemed that the current copyright notices
in gpsd are the way they all want it done.

Gary E. Miller Rellim 109 NW Wilmington Ave., Suite E, Bend, OR 97703
	gem at  Tel:+1 541 382 8588

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