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Re: Magic MIME

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Magic MIME
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 23:41:54 +0200

> From: Juri Linkov <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden
> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 22:59:38 +0200
> > Emacs should be powerful enough to be able to visit files without
> > requiring an external tool; if it needs to consult some database for
> > that, it should be easy enough to include such a data base in the
> > Emacs distribution, perhaps even in a form that is convenient for
> > reading in Lisp.
> This is one option  However, I'm not sure if licence conditions of the
> mime-magic database allow including it to Emacs.

Even if the license precludes that, it can only prevent us from
including the data base verbatim.  If we create our own data base,
with equivalent contents, but in utterly different form, no license
can prevent that, I think, especially if the person who writes that
data base for Emacs never looks at the original data base, but instead
works from a description written by someone else (that someone could
look at mime-magic to produce the description).

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