Is commit author name stripping copyright infringement?

Projects are using MPL 2.0.

Is it copyright infringement to run a disconnected fork where the git history was not preserved and new changes are just being copied over from upstream stripping commit author name in the process?

That story was discussed here before:

My understanding is that authors even under MPL 2.0 retain their copyright except that in this case copyright is not in the code and can’t be deduced from commit author even worse it is actually falsified by commit author. Therefore that does sound like a copyright infringement to me.

Would GitHub take down such a project and its forks?
Would Play Store take it down?

Sounds to me like it might be infringement, but I’m afraid you’ll have to talk to a lawyer if you want a less vague answer. We can’t give legal advice here on the forum. :warning:

If it is copyright infringement, you could send a DMCA notice (or maybe better have your lawyer do it) to ask GitHub to take it down, see DMCA Takedown Policy - GitHub Docs.

I imagine organizations like the Software Freedom Conservancy or FSF might be able to help you find a suitable lawyer, but I don’t have personal experience with that. They just came to mind thinking about organizations that do copyright enforcement for Free Software.

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