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The copyright line doesn't refer to the code, but to the license itself. The time span does not determine until when the copyright is active, but during which time span the copyrighted subject was created and/or modified. This is not relevant here. You are not free to use the code in any way you like: You have to adhere to the license which you linked to: ...
As with all legal questions - you really should ask a lawyer. But a short answer: the date in the copyright is when changes were made by that author, not any indication of copyright expiry. The original author worked on the code between 1998 and 2002 - those changes are still under copyright, and will be for a some while longer.
Copyright generally does not expire until 50 or 70 years after the death of the person who wrote it. Therefore, you must still license your own project under the GPL v2.
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