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Re: Bug#118427: TP: epo -- Miner mode to reduce the labour to edit code

On Tue, Nov 06, 2001 at 09:16:19AM -0500, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> Raul, why are you so quick to dismiss this?  You state it like it
> was a matter of fact.  Is this documented anywhere?

I didn't dismiss it.  [And, what is it that you want documentation on?]

Look at the situation this way: the GPL restricts the distribution of
emacs, not that of independently written code.  The question asked was
whether it was legal to distribute some non-gpled elisp code -- and
the answer has to have a lot to do with how closely the code is tied to
gpl'd emacs (gnu emacs vs. xemacs, ferinstance).

I don't know how closely it's tied to gnu emacs (or whatever other
incompatibly licensed code) without digging into the situation a lot
more -- I thought it would be simpler to just outline the issues, and
let the folks working with the code look at it from that point of view.

There is a potential contributory infringment issue lurking on the
fringes.. and that might indeed come into play in a situation like this.
But, at the moment, I've not seen enough to think that it's illegal to
distribute the elisp code.


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