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Re: extensions for emacsclient (CVS version)

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: extensions for emacsclient (CVS version)
Date: 10 Sep 2003 18:13:31 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

"Stefan Monnier" <address@hidden> writes:

> >> Other than that, it looks fine to me.  In order to be able to
> >> install this change in Emacs-CVS, we need to make sure you have
> >> signed the relevant paperwork (ideally an assignment of copyright
> >> covering all your changes to Emacs, IIRC you want to ask
> >> address@hidden to get the relevant form).

> > I guess there is no easier way to contribute to the emacs project?
> Other than limiting yourself to a total of about 10 lines of new
> code, no.  Note that it's still pretty easy if you sign the above
> mentioned form since it covers future changes as well, so you do it
> once and then you can forget about it.  Of course, if you have to do
> that for a hundred different projects, it's still annoying.

Not as annoying as some company claiming you have stolen their code
and demanding licensing fees for using Free Software, like SCO is
currently doing for Linux.  While it is hardly likely that they will
succeed in the long run with their claims, they cast a doubt on the
legality and morality of Free Software users and authors that we
could much better do without.

The copyright assignments make it much less likely that stunts like
that can be pulled off with software that is copyrighted by the Free
Software Foundation.

Call it paranoia if you really want to, but today's world is a place
where paranoia as a capacity has its place, unfortunately.

The form is just a one-time thing, and easy enough to do.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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