Subject: Re: copyright and license issues
To: mouss <>
From: Charles M. Hannum <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/08/2004 16:10:32
On Wednesday 06 October 2004 00:45, mouss wrote:
> Can anybody enlighten me and get me back to the right way?
> I feel some satanic forces making me believe that it is silly and stupid
> to have a copyright and a license (other than public domain) on files
> that contain trivial source code. for example, I would laugh at the
> following:

Generally, you cannot enforce a copyright on something "trivial," so indeed 
there is no point.  This is why it's usually silly to have a copyright notice 
on things like Makefiles.

> Isn't it far better to have a "trace" comment such as:
> 	/* written for NetBSD on Feb 31 1984 */

We have $NetBSD$ RCS tags on most files in our source tree.