[TYPO3-core] Copyright-year in license-headers

Michael Schams typo3ml at schams.net
Fri Feb 14 03:57:51 CET 2014

On 13/02/14 05:03, Jigal van Hemert wrote:

>>> [...] So, I doubt that incrementing the year value, when someone
>>> touches a file is required/practical.
>> Wrong, the copyright your states when "created" your copyright. If you
>> edit a file, then you create a derived work with a new copyright.
>> Therefore you must only change the copyright year if you edit a file.

Ok, understood. Does this mean, if you do *not* change a file, you *must 
not* update the copyright year?

> The answer from a lawyer who specializes in copyright law:
> http://www.copyrightlaws.com/copyright-basics/copyright-notice-year/

Reading this article again and again... I don't get how this could 
answer Stefan's original question: how do we generally handle 
copyright-updates in the license-headers? (or how should we handle this 
in the future) :-)

 > We could increment them when we touch a file next time - but that's
 > imho not too realistic. (Stefan)

If the mass-update is not an option, could we automate this? For example 
by using a hook in Git or so?


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