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

Scripsit mru@kth.se (Måns Rullgård)

> > No. The GPL restricts the creation of derivative works. Linking is
> > considered by the FSF to be a case of derivation, but it is certainly
> > not the only way that a derived work can be generated.

> And since when does the FSF have the final word in legal matters.

If the FSF sues us (or someone else) for distributing Emacs together
with code that they don't want Emacs distributed with, then the FSF's
word about how the licence is to be interpreted will have a very
strong weight in court, given that they are the copyright holders as
well as the authors of the license.

They cannot make claims that *clearly* are not substantiated by the
license, but if there is any reasonable doubt about how the license
is to be interpreted, we must expect that a court will rule in favor
of the author's interpretation.

The FSF would probably have a hard time claiming any copyright
interest in the distribution of elisp source that they had nothing to
do with - but we certainly need permission from the FSF to distribute
Emacs itself. The conditions for getting that permission are outlined
in the GPL, but when there is more than one possible interpretation of
the GPL, the one FSF likes most wins.

Henning Makholm                                          Set your feet free!

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