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Letting the users off the hook

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Letting the users off the hook
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:13:56 -0400

The FSF hereby grants permission to distribute the old Emacs 23.1 and
23.2 releases, notwithstanding the absence therein of the real source
files for the CEDET parsers (the grammar files).  This permission
extends to versions with unrelated modifications, provided those
versions comply with GNU GPL version 3 in all other respects.

Thanks to improvements in GPL version 3, we don't need to explicitly
forgive past violations caused by redistributing Emacs 23.1 and 23.2,
because those violations would only become legally significant if the
FSF were to complain about them to the redistributors within 60 days.
The FSF, having granted the above permission to distribute those
releases, could not complain about it.

The FSF urges all redistributors to upgrade to the revised Emacs 23.1
and 23.2 releases, which do not have this problem.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
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