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Re: Copyright/Distribution questions (Emacs/Orgmode)

From: Bastien
Subject: Re: Copyright/Distribution questions (Emacs/Orgmode)
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:01:36 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.130006 (Ma Gnus v0.6) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (W. Greenhouse)

> Because of the considerable lag involved in upstream versions of Org
> being drawn down into the compilation known as GNU Emacs, Jambunathan
> may well be right that two of his files have never been included in "GNU
> Emacs."

The two files are not "his".  ox-html.el is a rewrite of org-html.el,
co-authored by Carsten and others.  Jambunathan is the original author
of ox-odt.el (and of org-odt.el), but this file is also co-authored by
another contributor and me.  

Both files are published with the usual copyright mention:

;; Copyright (C) 2010-2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Let's not be fooled by Jambunathan's habit of saying "my files",
that's how we end up thinking there is a moral prejudice made to him,
while he's trying to make a moral prejudice on those who contributed
to org-html.el, ox-html.el, org-odt.el and ox-odt.el--and on those who
plan to contribute on ox-html.el and ox-odt.el under the assumption
that they are part of Org's core, which is part of GNU Emacs.

Btw, thanks for the knowledge you share about copyright law, this is a
useful read!


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