On Thursday, September 22, 2022, Dan Cross <crossd@gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 5:50 PM Phil Budne <phil@ultimate.com> wrote:
> Not to excuse the failure of the BSD team to properly attribute source
> origin by adding only their copyright notice, but didn't AT&T try
> unfair turnabout by not properly attributing the origins of their
> TCP/IP code?

One of my favorite copyright notices was for /bin/true in System V.
An empty file got turned into 7 lines of comments holding copyright
boilerplate and an `#ident` line with an SCCS version number:

That reminds me of the excellent dissertation of  Gerald Holzmann on Code Inflation[1].  The situation is even worse now and honestly I don't see it will improve in the future.  My take on the code inflation problem is that today without paid "volunteers" (from IBM, Oracle, Google, etc.) a large chunk of our modern software landscape would just collapse.  It is not 90s Internet anymore where hobbyists did it for fun, because frankly back then it was fun... Nowadays... not that much.