I'm looking for an open source license that lets people do whatever they want - just like the MIT license - just as long as they attribute the original author, i.e. me.
Does a common license exist for this? If so, what is it?
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The Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License (or WTFPL) is very close to what you're looking for. It is only lacking attribution.
It sounds like a joke license, but it's approved as GPL-compatible by the FSF.
You could just add a bit to the license requesting attribution, but I'm no lawyer so I don't know if that would fly in court. What are the odds of a court case over your project?
Actually it does contain a copyright notice. and therefore attribution
The GPL has a history of confusing folks and scaring them off. The Apache License is more straightforward and probably what you want.