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Re: Reviving tablature-mode.el -- license issue?

From: Philip Kaludercic
Subject: Re: Reviving tablature-mode.el -- license issue?
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2021 08:25:36 +0000

Qiantan Hong <> writes:

>> Doesn't it say:
>>        ;; This code is released into the public domain without any express 
>> or implied
>>        ;; warranty.  The author accepts no responsibility for any 
>> consequences
>>        ;; arising from its use.
>>        ;; This code may be distributed and modified in any way; however, 
>> please
>>        ;; retain notice of original authorship in this and any derivative 
>> work.
>> It might not suffice in court, but the author implies that any use is
>> ok.
> Yes, but I’m not sure about the copyright assignment thing when using in GNU 
> project.
> If we cannot get to contact the author, does that prevent it from entering 
> GNU code?

I don't know enough about licenses to say so. What i know is that there
already is public domain code in Emacs (just grep for "public domain"),
so it might not be impossible. That being said, maybe the policy has
changed since these files were added.

        Philip Kaludercic

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