SPDX-License-Identifiers in Snippets

Steve Winslow

Hello spdx-legal team (cc spdx-tech team),

Similar to my separate email earlier today, I'd also encourage interested folks to take a look at the draft annex in PR #464 at https://github.com/spdx/spdx-spec/pull/464.

This relates to a proposal to add language to the part of the SPDX spec defining the use of "SPDX-License-Identifier:" in source code. The proposal here would be to add a new mechanism where individual snippets (sub-sections of a file) could be specified within source code, and an associated license expression and copyright statement associated with each snippet directly in the snippet's source code.

As you'll see in the PR comments, personally I am _not_ in favor of the PR as currently drafted, because in my view it gives a different meaning to the existing SPDX-License-Identifier: tag. But I'd like to see others from the SPDX Legal Team community weigh in as well with your own thoughts.


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