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Github Finally Agrees Public Repos Should Have Open Source Licenses

WebMink (258041) writes | about 9 months ago

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WebMink (258041) writes "After strong criticism last year, Github has finally accepted the view that public repositories with no open source license are a bad thing. Self-described as the "world's largest open source community," a significant number of GitHub projects come with no rights whatsoever for you to use their code in an open source project.

But from now on, creators of new repositories will have to pick from a small selection of OSI-approved licenses or explicitly opt for "no license". In Github's words, "please note that opting out of open source licenses doesn't mean you're opting out of copyright law.""

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Seems like bait-and-switch tactics to me... (1)

mi (197448) | about 9 months ago | (#44291795)

Any change of the policies is suspect. A change as arm-twisting as this certainly seems unethical, if not outright illegal.

Re:Seems like bait-and-switch tactics to me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44292039)

Last I looked (right now) the $0 plan was "free for open source". Since it's only new repositories, nobody's getting switched with anything.

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