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Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:07:55 -0600
From: "Anthony J. Bentley" <>
Subject: Re: musl licensing

Ruediger Meier writes:
> On Thursday 17 March 2016, Petr Hosek wrote:
> > In Chromium and all related projects, which are licensed under the
> > BSD license, we use a much shorter header:
> >
> > // Copyright 2016 The Chromium Authors. All rights reserved.
> > // Use of this source code is governed by a BSD-style license that
> > can be // found in the LICENSE file.
> BTW is it really needed to update the copyright year regularly? Even 
> though this is automated, it's annyoing for users and developers to 
> have such changes in the git history.
> What I really don't like when watching diffs is to see 1000 files differ 
> because of the copyright year. One other file has a real diff. It also 
> increases build time when switching between tags or bisecting.

The only time copyright years need to be updated in a per-file copyright
statement is when the file has had copyrightable changes made. Updating
the year in a file that hasn't otherwise changed in that year is
spurious (and incorrect, really).

Anthony J. Bentley

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