[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sat Dec 16 22:12:10 UTC 2006

Craig Muth wrote:
> However,
> the preferred option for projects of large scope and with large
> committer bases will likely remain the unmodified GPL (the
> contributions by a large number of committers benefits you by
> improving your code and makes your contribution less by proportion,
> thus outweighing the lack of credit given and making attribution less
> deserved).

The GPL *gives* credit.  When you modify GPL code, 2a guarantees that
you must/can put a notice in the source describing your modification
(and it's implied that this shouldn't be removed).  2c further
guarantees that a copyright notice is displayed when the program is run
interactively; note that this isn't technology-specific and allows for
non-interactive programs.  Such a copyright notice either lists all
authors, or can refer to a list of authors elsewhere.  Moreover, this
copyright notice must be "appropriate" (i.e. accurate) because of
section 1 and 2c.

Matthew Flaschen

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