2008.12.14 00:07 "Re: [Tiff] example of (standalone) TIFFRegisterCODEC", by Brad Hards
On Sunday 14 December 2008 03:35:07 am you wrote:
- Copyright (c) 1988-1997 Sam Leffler
- Copyright (c) 1991-1997 Silicon Graphics, Inc.
This is a bit off topic, but we *really* need to stop perpetuating this wrong copyright statement. Sam Leffler and Silicon Graphics are not responsible for code that they didn't write. We don't have permission from them to apply these copyright lines on new work and it would be senseless to do so. The copyright lines can only apply to work actually created by these parties.
The reason why I included that statement is that a non-trivial amount of the header file is actually from tiffio.h. The copyright on tiffio.h is as shown.
I don't think I can reasonably remove copyright on that code (whether it is in tiffio.h or a new header file) without some more guidance. For example, if someone knowledgeable were to amend the copyright on tiffio.h, then I'd happily change the copyright statement on the new header.
The other way to deal with this (actually, just avoid the issue) is to include all the new code in existing files. Would that be preferable for licensing or technical reasons?