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Re: Bad choice of license in BzrForEmacsDevs

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Bad choice of license in BzrForEmacsDevs
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 21:12:27 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

>> This is a murky area, but the fact that the code can only run together
>> with GPLv3 code might imply that it is illegal to distribute it under
>> an incompatible license, even if it's distributed separately.
> Hm, then perhaps some code became illegal when GPLv3 was released and
> even more will be illegal when GPLv4 is released...

No: releasing a new version of the GPL makes no difference, and neither
does releasing a new version of Emacs.  What makes a difference is when
a package is modified to make use of features that are only provided by
an Emacs that uses a new license (e.g. Emacs-23, released under the
GPLv3+, adds many new features which are not available in any GPLv2+


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