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GitHub explicitly has a Name Squatting Policy [1] that states:

> Account names may not be inactively held for future use. GitHub account name squatting is prohibited. Inactive accounts may be renamed or removed by GitHub staff at their discretion.

I have been able to acquire a couple of GitHub names that have been inactive for several years by contacting GitHub support, and they usually reply within a day or so.

[1] https://help.github.com/articles/name-squatting-policy/

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