[Xcb] Missing copyright notices

Ian Osgood iano at quirkster.com
Wed Mar 26 11:12:17 PDT 2008

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You have my permission to put my name, Ian Osgood  
<iano at quirkster.com>, in the copyrights as stated in the  
aforementioned patches.

However, is there a briefer form of this boilerplate, perhaps  
referring to a separate document? It is a pet peeve of mine that  
identical license text dwarfs the actual code in many source and  
header files.

Also, it appeared that only Bart was given credit for xcb-aux,  
although I know that Vincent and others also did work on it. Perhaps  
your history checking did not catch the move of the sources from  
convenient/ to aux/? You should also examine the old freedesktop CVS  
repositories where the original XCB history resides.

Also curious, is there a mechanism for *removing* copyright when the  
last of someone's code is removed? For example, I think the code in  
xcb_image.c  and .h is now entirely Bart's creation.


On Mar 26, 2008, at 10:02 AM, Barton C Massey wrote:

> Julien: Thanks!
> XCB util authors: We can't just go around slapping a
> copyright notice and license on your code for you without
> your permission. Please post to this list explicitly
> acknowledging that we have permission to do so.  List each
> file that your are the original author of and that Julien
> has added a copyright notice and/or license to with his
> patches.  A good form to use might be something like.
>   This message acknowledges that I, X. Author
>   <xauthor at bogus.com>, am the original author of the
>   following files in the XCB utils directory
>      placeholder/randomstuff.c
>      bogus/Makefile.am
>   I give my permission for a copyright notice naming me as
>   the author to be added to these files.  I also give my
>   permission for a license notice to be added to these
>   files, indicating my permission to place these files under
>   the MIT license used by the rest of XCB.
> Please!?!  I don't want to have to track you down and bug
> you, and I really don't want to have to throw your code
> away.  Jamey, Vincent, I'm looking at you. :-)
> (In the future, we'll try to be consistent about rejecting
> commits of new files that don't include an explicit
> copyright notice and MIT license.  Contributors, please try
> to be consistent about adding them.  For new code, you might
> be interested in http://wiki.cs.pdx.edu/bartforge/apply-license,
> which provides some minimal automation for this task.)
> Thanks hugely to all our fine authors for their work, and to
> Julien for getting this going!
>     Bart
> In message <20080326135151.GB28929 at abydos.adm.naquadah.org> you wrote:
>> I'm preparing the Debian packaging of xcb-util.
>> I saw that there's a bunch of files without any copyright notice.  
>> I've
>> reviewed git log for each of these and done patch per subdirectory.
>> Any comment welcome. If some reformatting is needed, it can also be
>> done.
>> These patches do not add a COPYING file; I let you add one, this  
>> would
>> not be the hardest part.
>> Cheers,
>> Julien Danjou
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