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Re: CVS is the `released version'

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: CVS is the `released version'
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 08:45:35 -0400
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>         Unfortunately this does not align very well with my goals in
>         writing package.el.  ... download and install ... the 3rd
>         party, unassigned code ...

> Since all software in the United States is copyrighted on creation,
> whether or not a copy of that code is sent to the copyright office,
> unless it is specifically said to be public domain, downloading and
> installing "3rd party, unassigned code" may mean `illegally using
> code'.  Most programs, of course, are never used illegally.  But a few
> may be.  This can be awkward.

You're confused: unassigned, just means that the copyright is not assigned
to the FSF.  It may still be (and generally is) properly licensed under
the GPL.


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