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Adding an MIT license

Want to make it clear that anybody can use these files
in any way they need to.
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+Copyright (c) 2012 GitHub, Inc.
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+Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
+copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"),
+to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation
+the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense,
+and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
+Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
+
+The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
+all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
+
+THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
+IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
+FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
+AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
+LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING
+FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER
+DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

2 comments on commit 3ce543b

@davispuh

I don't think it's good idea to use MIT License.

[...], subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

If my project isn't using MIT license for any part then based on this I'm required to also include MIT license specifying that .gitignore files are licensed with it. MIT does allow sub-licensing, but I'm still bound to this requirement. Even if I would copy just some parts of .gitignore this requirement probably would still be in effect as technicality everything is copyrighted by GitHub, Inc.

I think best way would be using Public Domain, such as Unlicense or CC0

@Haacked
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Yeah, I like the idea of using the Unlicense. It makes more sense for something like this.

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