[Incubator] header maintenance discussion

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Tue May 31 15:08:45 PDT 2016

Returning to this discussion:

Proposal changed to focus on initial creation
"Apply OSGeo copyright on creation/contribution" and avoid ongoing header

Second proposal asking me, as GeoTools project officer, to ask the board
for legal advice on this topic. That may take the form of our own legal
council, or as Bruce suggested reaching out to the open source initiative.

One interesting thing that came up in the discussion is that many of the
examples in our industry predate some of the recent changes to
international copyright, or more specifically in this case us copyright
(which is where OSGeo is based).

Jody Garnett

On 26 April 2016 at 19:20, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:

> I know that updating headers (or actually checking file history) is a
> difficult step for those going through incubation.
> I would like to pass on an interesting discussion from the geotools-devel
> list - we consider updating our header policy (since we cannot depend on
> incoming pull requests to be good about following it).
> https://github.com/geotools/geotools/wiki/Updates-to-Copyright-Header-Policy
> While I am personally uncomfortable with changing (since headers have
> really helped untangled some troubles in the past) I wonder what other
> projects in incubation think?
> --
> Jody Garnett
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