Hello, if I start to distribute some software I have written under a copyright, using a free software license, I would like to know what do the dates of the copyright stand for.
If I say (c) 2009-2010 Vernon Swanepoel, what does it mean that I did on those dates. The reason I am asking is can I do something like this (written in Python)
def copyrightText(): from time import localtime if localtime() == 2009: crD = "2009" else: crD = "2009 - %d" % localtime() return crD
So that each year, the material's copyright simply updates itself. Is there a legal issue to doing that. I am not just asking Python specifically, if I do the same on a website, is there an problem with that.
Basically, if I am lazy, will I get burned :S One of the main reasons I would like to do this is for websites I build for clients, so that years from now they don't have to worry that the website's copyright thingi (heavy legal terminology, I know) is updated.