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[Bug-gnulib] Re: Dummy module under LGPL?

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: [Bug-gnulib] Re: Dummy module under LGPL?
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 01:39:29 +0200
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Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

> Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> writes:
>> The gnulib-tool support for --lgpl is finished.  While testing it, I
>> noticed that dummy.c used LGPL version 2.  This patch upgrade it to
>> LGPL 2.1.  At least progreloc.c has the same problem.  Using GPL would
>> be fine as well.
> Let's make it GPL, for consistency with the other modules.


>> I think Bruno actually hold the copyright on the one line of real
>> code in dummy.c
> (Naah, that line in the public domain.  I've seen that line for at
> least 20 years.  Only the comments are copyrightable, really.  :-)
> But more seriously, we can change it to GPL without any licensing issues,
> since one can always convert GPL->LGPL.  We can also have gnulib-tool
> convert it to LGPL 2.1, for the same reason.  We don't need the
> author's permission, even assuming

The problem here was really that the fragile license changing code in
gnulib-tool would change "version 2" into "version 2.1" on that file,
so it would say "Library GPL version 2", which is just wrong.  The
gnulib-tool patch I sent later look for version 2[ ,} instead, so the
dummy.c patch really isn't necessary.

> Still more seriously: why is that dummy.c "Copyright (C) 2004 Simon
> Josefsson"?  It should be copyright by the FSF.  There are a few
> gnulib modules that are not copyright FSF, but we don't want to add to
> the list unless there's a very good reason (and we'll probably need
> official FSF approval for each one).

Just an oversight, please change it.


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