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From: Victor A. Wagner, Jr. (vawjr_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-11-25 23:20:30

I thought a hyphen used as such meant ALL of the years... i.e. 2000, 2001,
and 2002 (it's what I was taught a few decades back when we were putting
copyright notices on software at a computer hardware manufacturer). We
were also taught that when multiple dates were going to be listed, you only
had to show as much of the year that had changed
e.g.: Copyright (C) 1977,9,80-4,6-9,90-99,2000,2
would have been read as
Originally written in 1977,
modified in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989,
each of the years in the 1990s, 2000, and 2002.
There was some confusion as to whether we could have gotten away with
replacing 6-9,90-99,2000 with 6-2000. Since our counsel was unsure, we
wrote it as above.
this information is seriously out of date, as I last worked there in
1990(and they have since gone out of business).
At Monday 2002/11/25 14:12, you wrote:
>on 11/25/02 2:13 PM, Paul A. Bristow at boost_at_[hidden] wrote:
> > So should we use
> > "Copyright (c), 2002, A N Author"
> >
> > to cover as many countries/lawyers as possible?
> >
> > But do we need to update the year for each release (perhaps twice a year?)?
> >
> > What significance does the year have?
> >
>In our copyright usages we put the date the work was initially written.
>This is important date to include. If we later modify the work in a
>different year then we would write something like "Copyright ©, 2000-2002,
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Victor A. Wagner Jr.
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