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Re: [PATCHES] 21.3.50 for Cygwin: patch 7

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: [PATCHES] 21.3.50 for Cygwin: patch 7
Date: 11 Dec 2002 11:23:09 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> On 11 Dec 2002, Kim F. Storm wrote:
> > Joe Buehler <address@hidden> writes:
> > 
> > > Kim F. Storm wrote:
> > > 
> > > > We usually cannot copy (or adapt) stuff from XEmacs, as we require
> > > > papers from the original author, as well as anyone who has contributed
> > > > with anything but tiny changes to the code.
> > > 
> > > The files I copied already had copyright notices that say that the FSF
> > > owns the files.  Is that adequate?
> > 
> > We require papers for all "non-tiny" changes that are installed in CVS.
> It might be useful to check the list of existing assignments on gnu.org.  
> It could happen that Andy already has an assignment for Emacs-related 
> work, in which case the problem is solved.

Sure, but I cannot access gnu.org to check the list.  I *did* ask if
someone would do that.

In any case, I believe it is important that all emacs developers
cleary understand that we cannot just pick any piece of software and
include it in emacs just because a comment in the file says it is
GPL and copyright FSF.

AFAICS, the only mentioning of this principle is in the TODO file:

> Since Emacs is an FSF-copyrighted packages, please be prepared to sign
> legal papers to transfer the copyright on your work to the FSF.

Maybe we can make this clearer by adding more sections to the admin/README
file (or a different file in the CVS tree) which give a brief list of
"principles and practices", and then point any new emacs developer to
that file when they join the team.

It could include stuff like:

* legal issues (and how to check papers)
* coding style
* tips for using CVS
* active development / release branches
* "links" to other important documents

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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