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Re: Import your CK macro into Guile?

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: Re: Import your CK macro into Guile?
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:41:54 -0500
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address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

> Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> skribis:
>> Apologies if I mishandled this, but the problem here is that the code
>> had no explicit license or copying permission notice.  If it had been
>> explicitly published as free software, I certainly would not have
>> bothered him about it.
> There are still two errors in the file:
>   1. There’s a line “copyright FSF”;
>   2. The file says to be GPLv3+.
> Could you fix that by removing the line and stating its actual license?
> My guess is that Oleg Kiselyov did not bother adding a license
> boilerplate that would be longer than the actual code, but that’s still
> a bit embarrassing.  Is there an official statement somewhere about its
> status?

As I wrote above, Oleg's code had no explicit license or copying
permission notice.  I took 15 lines of his code, which is not "legally
significant" according to my reading of the GNU maintainers guile.  I
then reworked the code to use an auxillary macro instead of the
string-literal hack.  For that reason I added the FSF copyright.  I then
sent Oleg a copy of the file that I proposed for inclusion (with the FSF
copyright and the GPLv3+ notice) and asked him if he'd be willing to
contribute it to Guile, calling his attention to the attached file.  He
agreed in a message sent to the guile-devel mailing list.

I would have handled this situation more carefully if the code was
legally significant.

What did I do wrong?


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