There is a concept in copyright law of a minimum size below which something cannot have been a copyrightable work.
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Can you point me to any statute indicating this?
There is a concept in the practical management of many projects that any patch below, say, 10 lines can be merged without worrying about copyright issues. I do not know of any court that has ruled this to be the case, though. And I don't recall seeing any lawyer comment definitively either way on it.