Can GPLv3 packages be synced?
dak at gnu.org
Sat Aug 4 11:35:00 EDT 2007
"Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen at xemacs.org> writes:
> Mats Lidell writes:
> > How will the board go about the GPLv3 issue?
> Thanks to Michael Albinus, we have an opinion from the FSF Copyright
> clerk. Basically, it's complex but under some circumstances we can
> distribute packages under GPLv3 without relicensing either other
> packages or the core XEmacs. The main consideration, I think, is
> political: what Richard Stallman will think. I doubt he'll like it
> very much.
Richard does not like the whole XEmacs project very much. So that's
not much of a point. One just wants to avoid constellations where he
feels he could or should do something about that.
> I don't really think we have much choice, but we do need to check
> that everything can be promoted to GPLv3, and do something about
> anything that can't be promoted.
At least it would seem from what you report from Michael that the time
frame for doing that has gotten somewhat more relaxed.
>  If you've assigned to the FSF, you may need to notify them, but
> all assignments I've seen require the FSF to either license as you
> request, or give you permission to "use as you see fit."
My opinion, too.
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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