Copying GPL code from one project to another: Legal Question

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Fri Feb 1 22:50:34 UTC 2008

Yaakov Nemoy wrote:
> Hi List,
> I have a legal question that I'm not sure about.  I would like to copy
> some code from snake, a project hosted on hosted.fp.o, written by
> jlaska, copyrighted attributed to RH, into smolt, which the copyrights
> are attributed to Mike McGrath.  I'm making some changes to the code,
> and of course keeping the GPL license.  How do I label the copyrights?
>  In Mike's name? in RH's name? in both?  And how do I label it
> exactly?
> Please advise,

Note there is a fedora-legal list which is probably a better place.

IANAL but what is usually done is:

If you copy entire files, retain the copyright and license notices as it 
is. If you copy parts of another file, note that copyright and license 
information in the header


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