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

From: Uwe Brauer
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] permission for using auctex code in wikipedia-mode.el
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 12:04:29 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110003 (No Gnus v0.3) XEmacs/21.4.17 (linux)

>>>>> "David" == David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

   David> Uwe Brauer <address@hidden> writes:
   >> I am currently thinking of including, after appropriate modification,
   >> some Latex-like functionality such as TeX-font, `TeX-insert-macro'
   >> LaTeX-insert-item, LaTeX-section into wikipedia-mode.el
   >> Do I have your permission?

   David> Who is "you"?  AUCTeX is released under the GPL and has been
   David> since its inception (necessarily so since it was derived
   David> from early Emacs modes).  As such, the permission of the
   David> authors can be assumed as long as the results are released
   David> under the GPL.  However, the copyright is distributed over a
   David> number of contributors.  While recent contributions are all
   David> assigned to the FSF (which makes releasing under anything
   David> but the GPL pretty much impossible), not all historical
   David> contributors have been rounded up so far.  The copyright
   David> status and its tracking thus is somewhat similar to XEmacs
   David> or the Linux kernel: not in one hand.  It is reasonably
   David> clear that all contributors have intended to contribute
   David> under the conditions of the GPL, but there is no written
   David> guarantee that not some stuff might have been contributed in
   David> the past for which the rights would be hard to actually
   David> clear.

Thanks, right, given the complicated `status' of the authors, I
preferred not to specify the term `you' too much.  I also thought that
asking for permission would be a gesture of politeness, that's why I
did it.

And of course my enhancement of wikipedia-mode.el would be released
under the GPL.


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