Copyright alterations

David Holmes David.Holmes at
Fri Apr 9 17:43:55 PDT 2010

Andrew John Hughes said the following on 04/10/10 10:30:
> I just noticed this huge changeset that went into the hs17 branch of HotSpot:
> It alters all the copyright notices from Sun to Oracle.
> Interestingly, it seems to change
> the range of some copyright notices:
> e.g. from
> - * Copyright 2003-2007 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
> + * Copyright (c) 2003, 2007, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights
> reserved.
> 2003-2007 and 2003, 2007 are not equivalent; one is a range also
> including 2004, 2005 and 2006 and the other is not, it's just 2003 and
> 2007.
> Such a change seems wrong to me.

First I am not a lawyer. :)

This is the way Oracle expresses its copyright notices. A range is still 
implied. The first year is the first year of copyright; the second year 
is the year of the most recent change to the file/document. Copyright 
still applies across all years in between.

David Holmes

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