[legal-discuss] Call for a clear COPYRIGHT-HOLDERS file in all OpenStack projects

Doug Hellmann doug.hellmann at dreamhost.com
Mon Oct 21 19:24:26 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Jeremy Stanley <fungi at yuggoth.org> wrote:

> On 2013-10-21 14:37:33 -0400 (-0400), Doug Hellmann wrote:
> > Why not keep the list of assignments in a text file in a git
> > repo, where it is easy for developer to modify. That would also
> > ensure that the build system doesn't depend on any resources
> > outside of the infra team's control.
> Good point, though we'd still need to query the seed data from
> somewhere. I originally didn't suggest it because I was assuming the
> affiliation mapping could provide a fairly accurate representation
> of work-for-hire situations at different points in history for any
> given contributor and we wouldn't want to maintain two copies of
> that in different places. As the discussion evolved it seems that
> affiliation and copyright assignment are probably not as closely
> tied as I first presumed (though they might be somewhat similar).
> Anyway, I wasn't so much trying to suggest that we should do this,
> but rather point out the complexity involved it having it be
> anywhere close to accurate.

Sure. If we do it, we have to acknowledge that it's only as accurate as the
developers care to keep the database. An automatic check would just
encourage them to do that.


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