[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Replace "Fabrice Bellard" with "the FFmpeg developers" in the banner

Luca Abeni lucabe72
Fri Feb 12 07:44:51 CET 2010

Jason Garrett-Glaser wrote:
>>> FFmpeg is a collective effort so allowing a single name in a banner is
>>> not nice/fair towards the community of developers, also this is more
>>> correct for example when adding a new ff* tool (yes I have in mind
>>> ffprobe).
>> Well, I do not think that copyrights can be changed like this ;-)
>> IMHO, a change like this one is acceptable only if proposed by Fabrice
>> (or at least approved by Fabrice).
> Headers do not determine who has copyright over the file; they're
> simply informative.  Changing a header does not change the copyright
> of the file.

 From a legal point of view, you are of course right.
But, right now there is a program that prints "Copyright (c) 2000-2010
Fabrice Bellard, et al."; after this patch, it will print a different
informative message. This is legal, but completely impolite (IMHO).

Moreover, I do not see the point in printing a wrong informative
message ;-)


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