Some years ago I wrote and released some software under the MIT license.
Recently I noticed that one (or some?) of the forks have altered the leading copyright notice at the top of the license, i.e.
Copyright (c) 2014 <my name> MIT License Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software...
Copyright (c) 2019 <new author> MIT License Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software...
It's just a small tool, but it does kind of feel bad having my name stripped from what was mostly my work.
- Is this something that should be covered by the MIT license?
- I.e. is removing a name violating the license? It's unclear to me if the MIT "must remain whole" statement includes the copyright part or just the "MIT license" part.
- Did I pick the wrong license?
- Which should I have chosen to ensure my name remains attached to my work?
- At what point (if ever?) is it appropriate to strip an original authors name from a license?
- I would assume never barring what would be considered a full rewrite?