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Re: license in generated files

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: license in generated files
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2009 15:42:22 -0800
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address@hidden (Karl Berry) writes:

> This is really split between autoconf and automake, but I'll just write
> here for now.

> 1) The license statement added in Makefile.in starts:
> ..
> # This Makefile.in is free software; the Free Software Foundation

> But then it is copied into the Makefile too, so it's no longer the
> "Makefile.in".  How about "This file", or "This Makefile" -- seems
> sufficiently generic to me to cover the Makefile.in too?  Or I suppose
> autoconf could add yet another statement "This Makefile is free ...".

It's also not necessarily true if the Makefile.am is covered under some
other license, since the Makefile.in (and the Makefile) is a derived work
of both Automake and the Makefile.am.  If the boilerplate is modified,
maybe it should also be more specific about saying that this license only
covers the portions that come from Automake?

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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