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
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... ]