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

Michael Stucki michael.stucki at typo3.org
Fri Feb 21 17:19:17 CET 2014

Hi all!

simple thing: I asked Robert and Karsten about their reasons. I'm sure
they can tell you. Let's wait for their feedback...

Greetings, Michael

Am 21.02.2014 09:23, schrieb Fabien Udriot:
>>> If you ask me, I would be for drastically simplify the copyright head
>>> license
>>> and go for something very minimalistic. Less headache!
>>> Furthermore, this would be inline with the Flow project:
>>> https://git.typo3.org/Packages/TYPO3.Flow.git/blob/HEAD:/Classes/TYPO3/Flow/Package.php
>> How come the Flow guys did it "there way"? Do they already have an
>> answer to our question? Or did they just act as they thought?
>> I'm not a big fan of "Neos/Flow did it, so it must be good" without
>> questioning the details. But it looks like a solution that might clear
>> up the situation for us drastically (years, size of header in general, ...).
> Well, I would not be able to say the exact reasons as I was not part of the decision but I guess it
> was to stay practical. Whenever having a collaborative and community approach how can you be sure
> the author name is consistent? I mean, it could be the class was so refactored that the copyright
> does not reflect any more the real ownership. And then, what is the percentage of change / patching
> when you are supposed to add you name as author or co-author?  All these questions that are pretty
> much fruitless. I personally feel the copyright belong to the TYPO3 CMS team and community and that
> I am morally part of it whenever I am submitting code. That being mentioned once in while is enough
> for me.
> If the author name still sounds as necessary by the "laywers" ;) , we could take inspiration by the
> Symfony project https://github.com/symfony/symfony/blob/master/src/Symfony/Component/Yaml/Yaml.php.
> As a matter of taste, I find it elegant to point to the LICENSE file.
> To move forward on this delicate (and endless) question, we could set up a quick poll / voting as it
> was done previously for other CGL questions. I think it is an efficient way to solve the matter. The
> alternatives I see:
> * Don't touch anything and keep it as it is.
> * Keep it almost as it is but remove the date from the copyright.
> * Move towards a stripped copyright
> * Move towards a stripped copyright + author name
> * Move towards a stripped copyright + author name + year
> Before starting the poll, I would put the license header somewhere on-line to get the feeling how it
> will look like eventually.
> Have a nice day,
> Fb.
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