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<title>FSFE releases refreshed set of REUSE practices and a tool to help developers comply</title>
<h1>FSFE releases refreshed set of REUSE practices and a tool to help developers comply</h1>

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The REUSE Initiative has received a new coat of fresh paint with an updated
set of practices that simplify the process of declaring copyright and
licence information. To help facilitate developers with updating their
projects, the FSFE has also published a tool that verifies whether a project
is compliant.

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Copyright and licensing is difficult. Finding out the exact copyright and
licence of a piece of code is often times more difficult than it should be.
Missing or scattered licence information makes it very labour-intensive to
verify whether you can legally use a piece of code. For a thorough legal
review, you have to manually check every file for licence information, and
every file has a different way of declaring its copyright and licence.

But what if we could automate this? That is what
the <a href="">REUSE Initiative</a> postulates. By
defining a standard for copyright and licence declaration, the legal process
of complying with licences becomes a lot easier. Simply include a standard,
computer-readable header tag to every file, and extracting the licence
information should be as simple as running a parser.

Earlier in October, we released a set of practices towards that end. Now,
we have <a href="">updated those
practices</a> to streamline them some. To accompany the streamlined
changes, we have published
<a href="">a tool</a> for developers to
check whether they comply with our recommendations.

Complying with the REUSE recommendations is very simple. Why not give it a
spin? We would love to hear from you.

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