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[Emacs-diffs] Changes to emacs/admin/notes/copyright,v

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: [Emacs-diffs] Changes to emacs/admin/notes/copyright,v
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 08:05:35 +0000

CVSROOT:        /cvsroot/emacs
Module name:    emacs
Changes by:     Glenn Morris <gm>       07/02/16 08:05:35

Index: copyright
RCS file: /cvsroot/emacs/emacs/admin/notes/copyright,v
retrieving revision 1.47
retrieving revision 1.48
diff -u -b -r1.47 -r1.48
--- copyright   16 Feb 2007 01:18:02 -0000      1.47
+++ copyright   16 Feb 2007 08:05:35 -0000      1.48
@@ -72,10 +72,11 @@
 All README (and other such text files) that are non-trivial should
 contain copyright statements and GPL license notices, exactly as .el
-files do (see e.g. README in the top-level directory). (Before 2007,
+files do (see e.g. README in the top-level directory). Before 2007,
 we used a simple, short statement permitting copying and modification
 provided legal notices were retained. In Feb 2007 we switched to the
-standard GPL text, on legal advice.)
+standard GPL text, on legal advice. Some older text files in etc/
+should, however, keep their current licenses (see below for list).
 For image files, the copyright and license details should be recorded
 in a README file in each directory with images. (Legal advice says
@@ -221,6 +222,18 @@
 ** Some notes on resolved issues, for historical information only
+  - had no copyright notice till Feb 2007. ChangeLog.3 suggests it was
+  written by Eric Raymond. When asked by rms on 14 Feb 2007 he said:
+    I don't remember writing it, but it reads like my prose and I believe
+    I wrote the feature(s) it's describing.  So I would have been the
+    likeliest person to write it.
+    Odds are that I did, but I'm not certain.
+  Accordingly, FSF copyright was added.
 *** These are copyright issues that need not be fixed until after
     Emacs 22 is released (though if they can be fixed before, that is
@@ -282,18 +295,6 @@
-All non-trivial README (and other such files) need copyright and
-license statements. Use GPL in most cases, rather than the short
-notices we have been using till now. NB but see above for some
-exceptions in etc/ that should stay unchanged.
-rms: "If a README file is under 60 lines long, using the long version
-[of the GPL notice] might be ugly. Please tell me if you encounter one
-that is under 60 lines."
-  lisp/term/README (ChangeLog.3 suggests was written by Eric Raymond)
-  borderline "trivial" cases
 etc/gnus-logo.eps, gnus-booklet.ps, gnus-refcard.ps
  just to be safe, papers are on the way for the "Gnus logo", even
  though it is very similar to the already-assigned "Emacs logo".

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