DSDP/MTJ/Developer Resources/Copyright Standards
How to document Copyright when importing code from other eclipse projects
Sometimes we need to use some class from JDT or PDE that are not exported. The approach we follow, is to copy the classes into our MTJ repositories to avoid improper API usage.
After we do that which copyright we should keep on those files?
- Update copyright-from-year to be the oldest year of any stuff brought in
- If bringing in an entire file, take the original file's copyright header, change the copyright-to-year to be this year, and add a single line under contributors like : Committer name (company) - adapted from org.eclipse.someplugin/TheClassCopied
- If bringing in some methods only, take my OWN copyright header, change the copyright-from-year to be the oldest year of all stuff brought in, mark the methods brought in as <copied from org.eclipse.someplugin/SomeClass (Copyright Owner and others)> theCodeCopied </copied from ...>, and add a single line under contributors like Committer name (company) - added theFunctionalityAdded from org.eclipse.someplugin/SomeClass
- If bringing in images or other binary files, I commit with a commit comment like [bugNumber] copied someImage from org.eclipse.somePlugin/icons
For example, see ISortableContentOutlinePage.java