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Friday, December 7 • 12:00 - 12:20
A Look at the Copyright Notices in Linux Kernel - Shi Qiu & Katsuro Inoue, Osaka University

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There have been some legal cases of FOSS developers enforcing their copyrights against companies. However, establishing the developer’s copyright ownership of FOSS projects only by copyright notice is difficult. On one hand, copyright notice may not refer to the real contributor of the source code. On another hand, copyright ownership can be assessed by the proportion and importance of the developer’s contribution instead of the copyright notice.

This talk will have a look at the thousands of copyright notices in Linux kernel. When and by whom are they created? How are they modified? Could they tell the correct copyright ownership? Not only the present situation of copyright notices but also the dynamic changes during the software evolution will be investigated. This talk aims at drawing the complete life cycle of the copyright notices buried in the large-scale source code.


Katsuro Inoue

Professor, Osaka University
Katsuro Inoue received his Ph.D. from Osaka University in 1984. He was an associate professor of University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1984 to 1986. After becoming an assistant professor of Osaka University in 1986, he has been a professor since 1995. His research interest includes software... Read More →

Shi Qiu

Ph.D. student, Osaka University
Shi Qiu received his B.E. degree of software engineering from Jilin University in 2013 and his M.E. degree of information science and technology from Osaka University in 2017. At present, he is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at Osaka University... Read More →

Friday December 7, 2018 12:00 - 12:20 JST
Conference Room 7&8
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