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legal status of progmodes/sym-comp.el

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: legal status of progmodes/sym-comp.el
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 13:57:37 -0500
User-agent: Gnus (www.gnus.org), GNU Emacs (www.gnu.org/software/emacs/)

It's can of worms time again...

Dave Love's latest version of python.el requires his sym-comp library.
This is now installed as lisp/progmodes/sym-comp.el.
It is "Copyright (C) 2004  Dave Love".

As far as I know, he has expressed no interest in contributing this to
Emacs, so I don't see that we can just take it and make it copyright FSF.

I mean, I have a blanket past and future Emacs copyright assignment,
but that doesn't mean you can take any elisp code I happen to put on a
website and make it copyright FSF - only those things I explicitly

(We seem to be interpreting the lawyer's statement:

   From:    Richard Stallman
   Subject:    We can use python.el
   Date:       Sat, 12 May 2007 12:47:54 -0400

   Our lawyer says we can use python.el, including the more recent changes.

to mean that any changes Dave makes to python.el on his website can be
incorporated into Emacs for the rest of time, even if he doesn't
explicitly say so. That seems odd to me as well.)

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