[Exherbo-dev] Copyright headers

Ciaran McCreesh ciaran.mccreesh at googlemail.com
Tue Mar 11 23:08:27 GMT 2008


I'm writing 'exheres for smarties'. How's the below for the copyright
bit?

Can we agree upon standard wording for the 'derived from' notice? Some
of the stuff in the tree is arguably a bit dodgy, since it doesn't
explicitly state the Gentoo copyright line or the exact source. Unless
someone has a lawyer handy, it's probably best for everyone to use the
same wording.

---

Copyright goes to you, but you need to GPL v2 it if it goes in the
tree. For stuff you wrote from scratch:

    # Copyright 2008 Ciaran McCreesh
    # Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2

If you make large changes to an exheres:

    # Copyright 2007, 2008 Ciaran McCreesh
    # Copyright 2008 Ivan Toby Rich
    # Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2

If you rip off another non-trivial exheres:

    # Copyright 2008 Ivan Toby Rich
    # Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
    # Based in part upon 'foo-1.23.exheres-0', which is:
    #     Copyright 2008 Ciaran McCreesh

Basing your work upon ebuilds is fine, but if you did, make sure you
include the Gentoo copyright notice. This applies even if you read the
ebuilds for inspiration -- unless you have a lawyer handy to tell you
exactly what does or does not count as a derived work, it's easiest to
assume that if you looked at the ebuilds then it's derived. So then you
need do this:

    # Copyright 2008 Ciaran McCreesh
    # Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
    # Based in part upon 'foo-1.23.ebuild' from Gentoo, which is:
    #     Copyright 1999-2007 Gentoo Foundation

-- 
Ciaran McCreesh
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