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Re: Bug#227159: ocaml: license conflict in Emacs Lisp support?

Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr> writes:

>> uncertain about whether you should disable the automatic generation
>> of .elc files.
> Why ? We clearly are not violating the GPL by doing so, so where is
> the problem.

If the situation is perfectly clear and uncontroversial to you, either
you don't know what you're talking about, or everyone else is confused
but you.  I put my money on the former.  Saying you disagree is one
thing, saying any other perspective is clearly wrong is silly.

>> So I think talking to the upstream is a good idea.
> Sure, but on more serious ground than this. Notice that the bugreport
> claims that RMS thinks that ..., not that it is actually true.

Ok.  So, for the sake of argument, assume he's dead wrong, but thinks so
nonetheless.  We should still, imho, behave as if he's correct, given
that he/FSF owns copyright on emacs.  This is what we normally do: give
the copyright holder generous (and sometimes unreasonable) benefit of
the doubt in terms of what rights they have and can enforce.  Deciding
what to do here doesn't involve taking a position on whether RMS is
right or wrong (thank god!).

(Of course, this is not to be confused with the policy of ignoring
patent issues until we have reason to believe they're being enforced.
That's a completely different issue.)

> He also thinks that GNU documentation is free, which we don't, so i
> clearly would like to have a more solid case before i go to upstream
> about this.

If you want an argument to present to upstream you might try contacting
the FSF for a position on the subject.

Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
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