On Wednesday 11 May 2005 18:59, Nikolai Weibull wrote:
> headers or not.  I know that some projects put in a line along the lines
> (heh) of
> 
>   See the file "(COPYING|LICENSE)" for further information about the
>   copyright and warranty status of this work.
> 
> Is this a possible solution, and can one do without those lines as well?
> 
> Finally, if one has to include some notification of the license that the
> contents of a given file falls under, how much of it is needed?  Is the
> warranty blurb needed?  Is the °»get your copy here°… blurb needed?

You should probably consult a lawyer if this is really important, but I'll 
share what I think I know.

The source really should (maybe must) contain a copyright notice.  Once it 
is copyrighted, by default, people's ability to use the source is severely 
limited.  The GPL and other similar licenses give people additional rights 
they wouldn't otherwise have.

I think if you give an unambiguous location where the license can be found, 
you're going to be ok.

If the license file is always going to be available whenever and wherever 
the source file is available, there's no real issue.

The warranty bit is probably not necessary, but is good to cover your butt 
(just like warnings not to suffocate yourself with plastic bags).

These days it may be sufficient to provide a URL for the license and put 
that in every file.  Your only duty then would be to make sure that URL is 
always available.

But, having said all that, this is all law stuff so your best bet is to ask 
a lawyer who can advise you what the right thing to do is for your 
particular situation and jurisdiction.

Ben