Copyright Notices in Open Source Software Projects


“What copyright notice should appear at the top of a file in an OSS project with many contributors?” This is a question we get all the time. Many of our communities have discussed this issue and aligned on a common approach that we thought would be useful to share.

When source code, documentation and other content is contributed to an OSS project, the copyrights in those contributions typically remain owned by the original copyright holders1.

[Source: Linux Foundation Blog]