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Re: Please, no GitHub

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Please, no GitHub
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 01:39:35 -0500

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  > I think you're expecting a bit too much from GitHub's licence
  > picker. AFAIK (I've only used it once, a quite a while ago), it's
  > just picking a COPYING file and dumping it into the repo. "only"
  > or "or-later" projects don't have different COPYING files, just
  > different copyright statements.

That's exactly the problem.

   > IIRC, GitHub doesn't generate copyright statements or offer any
   > advice on them as part of the license picker at all,

The distinction between GPL 3-only and GPL 3-or-later is made in the
license _notices_ in each source file.  GitHub's failure to make
developers aware of the need for these notices is a serious problem.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
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