[EP-tech] Licence information in Bazaar / plugin files

John Salter J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk
Thu Aug 10 13:03:24 BST 2017


Hi,
Bit of a non-techie question - but one that is in our domain.

I'm making some updates to the UKETD_DC (UK eTheses and Dissertations) export plugin:
https://github.com/eprints/eprints/blob/3.3/perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Export/OAI_UKETD_DC.pm

The changes will be issued as a Pull Request on the 3.3 branch, and I will also be making them into a Bazaar package.

The file already contains some copyright information from the British Library (who were involved with creating the initial export format):
https://github.com/eprints/eprints/blob/3.3/perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Export/OAI_UKETD_DC.pm#L9-L29
-in summary:
    Copyright (C) British Library Board, St. Pancras, UK
    GNU General Public License v2 (or later)

At the end of the file (https://github.com/eprints/eprints/blob/3.3/perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Export/OAI_UKETD_DC.pm#L369-L394)
it also has the 'standard' EPrints statements:
    Copyright 2000-2011 University of Southampton.
    GNU Lesser General Public License - v3 or later.

I was going to leave all these statements in as-is, and not add any of my own - but ten I wondered if this was actually a 'correct' thing to do - or whether I should be adding any additional information?

Obviously it'll still be GNU Lesser General Public License v3 or later, but what about the two copyright statements? Do they already conflict?
Any thoughts?

Cheers,
John
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