Not A Technical Problem
The License Problems
Note: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. If you want legal advice go see a lawyer.
We can see examples in the GPLv2 where is says "keep intact all the notices that refer to this License" and even the MIT License where it says "The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software." At the very least removing notices pointing the MIT license violates the spirit.
Does It Matter?
I look at it in two ways. Does it matter legally and does it matter to the developers who put the license and copyright statements in the code? I think we need to look at both to be a legal and kind community.
Seeing the legal impacts and personal ones I do think it matters.
What Can We Do?
I see three things we can do about this.
- Help us try to find a way to minify on the fly and preserve licenses.