[coreboot] Long license headers (ANGER WARNING)

ron minnich rminnich at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 06:38:51 CET 2015

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:32 PM Julius Werner <jwerner at chromium.org> wrote:
> IANAL (I'm not giving legal advice, yada yada), but I don't think that is
> how this works. Companies you don't work for can't force you to do X or
> prevent you to do Y with their files.

Copyright statements are pretty complicated, and I am not sure you are
right. I am afraid I can't take your advice ;-)

You can change the code. But the copyright statement is pretty clear that
you can't remove the copyright. And, past a point, you can't change the
copyright, or it's meaningless. Consider the simplest case: change the
copyright to say V3 instead of V2. Would that be acceptable?

Generally you're supposed to take the text in the copyright as given and
not change it. Certainly older coreboot code with US Gov't copyright made
that clear.

I've had it stated pretty clearly to me by people who are lawyers that it's
a very bad idea to start rearranging copyright statements.

At the very least, it's going to upset people you don't want to upset; why
do that?

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