Subject: GPL, COPYING file
From: "Paolo Ciarrocchi" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 18:22:52 +0200

Hi all,
a friend of mine wants to release a CMS under GPLv3.
We disagree on how the licence should be inserted in the package.

I think, please correct me if I'm wrong, that the only think he should do
is to put the licence in a COPYING file (which will be part of the package) and
optionally add to the header of every single file the following lines:
Copyright (C) yyyy  nome dell'autore

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307, USA.

I think this is optional even because a lot of gpl software (Linuk
kernel, GIT, mercurial etc etc)
just add the COPYNG file.

My friend believe that he should add the whole licence to every single
file of the package.

Can you please clarify?

Thanks a lot in advance.