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SAN FRANCISCO—Hoping to make it more attractive for coders to tinker with and improve its software development tool, GitLab is abandoning the use of legal contract language that has become standard for the industry.

The San Francisco-based company occupies a significant part of a tech industry segment that markets “git” repository tools, competing with the likes of GitHub and Atlassian. Their tools make it easier for large teams of programmers to collaborate in making software.

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Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock is the Data Editor for ALM Media and Law.com. He is based in San Francisco.

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