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Looking at the latest build files of CI 4 all of the copyright dates are still saying 2016.

These should be updated to 2017 in all CI 4 files.
You're right, they should. But it's semi-unreleased code. We will get to it at some point.

And we also accept pull-requests. Smile
Hmmm - where are you seeing this? The system/ source files seem to have been updated, as well as the user guide. The only 2016 dates I see are there on purpose, or they are gitignored.

All core files are like below with the MIT Lic etc.

PHP Code:
<?php namespace CodeIgniter;

 * CodeIgniter
 * An open source application development framework for PHP
 * This content is released under the MIT License (MIT)
 * Copyright (c) 2014 - 2016, British Columbia Institute of Technology
 * 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.
 * @package    CodeIgniter
 * @author    CodeIgniter Dev Team
 * @copyright    Copyright (c) 2014 - 2016, British Columbia Institute of Technology (
 * @license    MIT License
 * @link
 * @since    Version 3.0.0
 * @filesource
A handful of people will care about security, performance.
Almost nobody cares for actual code changes unless functionality is broken.

But as soon as January 1st comes, somebody is bound to start looking at a single digit in comment sections ...

FYI, unless a file has been modified since the year in question, there's no legal reasons to bump it.
@InsiteFX I am not seeing that ... searching for "2016" inside the system folder, I found only one instance, in a comment inside API/XMLFormatter.php.

I did find a number of source files without the copyright/license block.