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Re: Some hard numbers on licenses used by elisp packages

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Some hard numbers on licenses used by elisp packages
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:06:14 -0400

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Some packages have licenses that are incompatible with Emacs.

  > | GPL-2         |    40 |       1 |

  > | CC-BY-3.0     |     2 |       0 |

  > | EPL           |     1 |       0 |
  > | EPL-1.0       |     1 |       0 |

These should not be included in Emacs package archives.

There are also licenses that threaten to become incompatible.
If we ever make a GPL version 4, we will release Emacs
under GPL version 4 or later.  At that point, these packages

  > | AGPL-3        |     1 |       0 |
  > | GPL-3         |    98 |       3 |

will become incompatible with the license of Emacs.

We should take action now to ask their authors to change
from *GPL-3 to *GPL-3+, so that they will not be a problem
in the future.

People, Jonas has done a great service by asking other authors of the
(none) packages.  But now there are around 143 more packages to

Let's not expect Jonas to do all the work by himself.
Can other people please volunteer now to share the work?

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (internethalloffame.org)
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