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Re: GPL and scripting languages (here: python2.3-psycopg)

"W. Borgert" <debacle@debian.org> writes:

> I am the Debian maintainter of asn1-mode for GNU Emacs and
> RMS explicitly educated the upstream authors they have to
> release the mode under GPL or not at all.  I think, this is
> a little bit strange, because one could theoretically write
> an Emacs clone using M$ latest crazy EULA as a license, but
> elisp-compatible to GNU Emacs.  Anyway, with Python things
> are different, because the license differs.

What I've seen RMS say before is this:

  As for the more general question, we think that a program that uses
  Emacs facilities needs to be GPL-covered, but a program that just
  uses the Lisp language could have any license--it is not affected by
  the license of Emacs.

In other words, if you're using the Emacs extensions to Lisp, RMS
claims you're a derivative work.  I don't think he's wrapped his head
around the idea that Emacs is an interpreter and library distributed
with many operating systems yet... but to keep things on-topic for
this list, it doesn't matter much: Debian can't take the OS exception anyway.

Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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