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Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2023 15:00:22 -0800
From: Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@...gle.com>
To: Greg KH <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>, Tanzir Hasan <tanzirh@...gle.com>, 
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>
Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>, Andy Shevchenko <andy@...nel.org>, 
	linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, 
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, llvm@...ts.linux.dev, 
	Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>, Andy Shevchenko <andy.shevchenko@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 1/2] kernel.h: removed REPEAT_BYTE from kernel.h

On Tue, Dec 19, 2023 at 11:10 AM Greg KH <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org> wrote:
>
> > > Legal note, this file is NOT copyright Google as no Google employe
> > > actually wrote the logcal contents of it.
> > >
> > > Please be VERY careful when doing stuff like this, it has potentially
> > > big repercussions, and you don't want to have to talk to lots of
> > > lawyers a few years from now and explain how you messed it all up :(
> > >
> > > Nick, odds are there's a Google copyright class that Tanzir should take
> > > here, if not, I recommend the free LF one that anyone can take online
> > > that explains the issues here:
> > >         https://training.linuxfoundation.org/training/open-source-licensing-basics-for-software-developers/
>
> Please take the time to either learn what the Google-specific rules are,
> or take the above training, before submitting a new version of the
> patch.

It was my mistake to suggest to Tanzir to add his copyright to this
newly created header. I'm sorry; we do have such resources available
and I should have reviewed them.

I've:
1. reviewed our internal training materials on copyright assignment
  - go/gti-os-self-study
  - go/patching#license-headers-and-copyright-notices
2. reviewed kernel docs:
  - Documentation/process/1.Intro.rst
  - Documentation/process/kernel-enforcement-statement.rst
3. asked Tanzir to do the same
4. discovered who to ask internally for further questions
<opensource-licensing@...gle.com>

Is there further due diligence you would like to see?

---

For Google specific guidance, I'll quote what they have:

> License Headers and Copyright Notices
> Googlers should add Google's copyright notice (or a "The Project Authors" style copyright notice) to new files being added to the library if permitted by the project maintainers.

Then the relevant section of 1.Intro.rst:

> Copyright assignments are not required (or requested) for code contributed
> to the kernel.

Shall I interpret those together to mean that the "project
maintainers" don't permit copyright assignments for "new files being
added," and thus Tanzir SHOULD NOT be adding a copyright assignment to
the newly created header?

Or shall I leave the interpretation up to an explicit discussion with
opensource-licensing@...gle.com?

---

While I think we have the answer for Tanzir's patch, I don't think we
do for if we intend to split other header files in the future if those
have explicit copyright assignments.  I wonder if this question has
come up in Ingo's header refactoring work, and if so, what the
guidance is there?

For example, consider include/linux/sysfs.h.  It's 600+ lines long and
contains 4 copyright assignments explicitly in sources. If we split
that header file in half, which copyright assignments do we transfer
to the new half, if any?
-- 
Thanks,
~Nick Desaulniers

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