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Re: Licence questions

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Licence questions
Date: 21 Sep 2003 22:23:55 -0700
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Detlef Vollmann <address@hidden> writes:

> I noticed in the mail archive that the change was made about a
> year ago, but I couldn't find a rationale.

The rationale was the usual one for free software: we want to make
sure that works derived from remain free.

> So I ask whether this decision is final

You'd need to make a strong case that be distributed under
other-than-GPL terms.  GPL is the default with GNU software.

> As the parser I work on is for an environment where no
> restricting licenses are allowed (i.e. only licenses like BSD
> are accepted)

Out of curiosity, what sort of environment is that?  Even the BSD
distributions ship GNU software.  Perhaps you can arrange for an
exception in your environment, just as the BSD distributions do.

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