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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] permission for using auctex code in wikipedia-mode.el

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] permission for using auctex code in wikipedia-mode.el
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 15:11:40 +0100
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Uwe Brauer <address@hidden> writes:

>>>>>> "David" == David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:
>    David> The GPL states
>    David>     2b) You must cause any work that you distribute or
>    David>     publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived
>    David>     from the Program or any part thereof, to be licensed as
>    David>     a whole at no charge to all third parties under the
>    David>     terms of this License.
>    David> This would concern the whole of wikipedia-mode.el including
>    David> your enhancements.  That's the work "in whole".  If the rest
>    David> of wikipedia-mode.el is not releasable under the GPL (by
>    David> whoever), then forming a combined work is not legally
>    David> feasible under the GPL.
> Thanks for the clarification, so if the original wikipedia-mode.el
> were say under the BSD (which it is not),

Under the original BSD with advertising clause.

> than I could not release the new wikipedia-mode.el (old+new) under
> GPL, right?

Work under the current BSDL can be rereleased as GPL.  You just would
have to release as GPL as a whole: the restrictions of the GPL apply
also to those parts of the whole which you took from the "BSDL" reign.

> Fortunately wikipedia-mode.el is already under GPL :)

That should be fine, then.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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