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

On Jan 12, 2004, at 02:45, Sven Luther wrote:

I have some doubts about this, since th GPL is all about distribution,
not use, and since we distribute the .el in source form and have them
compiled on the users system, and the actual linking only occurs at use
time, there is no way a GPL distribution restriction should apply.

How is this argument any different than the normal dynamic linking one?

If the .el source files use copyrightable material from emacs, be it copyrightable APIs, functions, etc., then they are derivative works of emacs. If they are derivative works of emacs, you must follow the terms of the GPL.

The GPL is about things that copyright law restricts, including the creation of derivative works. Not just distribution.

[ Yeah, I'm a little late on this... ]

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