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If you have signed the Archivematica Contributors Agreement then your code contribution can be committed to the repository and released under Archivematica's GPLv2 license. The following process must be followed to facilitate this process:

If you are making a bug fix or enhancement to an existing file, simply add your name as one of the authors in the file header,

 # Run virus scan and report on results
 # @package Archivematica
 # @subpackage Ingest
 # @author Austin Trask <>
 # @author Joseph Perry <>
 # @author Peter Van Garderen <>
 # @author YourNameHere <youremail@address>
 # @version svn: $Id$

If you're contributing a new file, you need to add the following license header at the very top of the file. Copy both sections, in full, exactly as it is written here, filling in the information where indicated in bold,

 # This file is part of Archivematica.
 # Copyright 2010-2011 Artefactual Systems Inc. <>
 # Archivematica 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.
 # Archivematica 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 Archivematica.  If not, see <>.
 # description of what your new file does
 # @package Archivematica
 # @subpackage name of Archivematica module or component to which your file contributes
 # @author YourNameHere <youremail@address>
 # @version svn: $Id:$