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Re: Do we need legal papers

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: Do we need legal papers
Date: 05 Nov 2003 01:19:31 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Andrew Choi <address@hidden> writes:

> Perhaps it is best if I'm relieved from being the Mac maintainer.  I
> program for the love of programming and not for any other reasons.

Sure, we all love programming -- and that's why it is so important that
we all do whatever we can to protect the freedom to do so.  

For FSF/GNU projects like Emacs, the enforcement of the GPL and the
assignment of copyright to the FSF through legal papers is --
unfortunately -- the only way to do this.  

With Richard's non-compromising attitude on the subject of legal
papers, I believe that GNU emacs (as distributed by the FSF) cannot be
the target of similar FUD compains.

So Andrew, please view Richard's "invervention" as a defence for emacs
freedom, and reconsider you decision.

> These responsibilities that seem to be expected of a maintainer do not
> suit me.  

They don't "suit" any of us ... unfortunately, they are necessary to
preserve the freedom we have.

>           For the record I was never asked and I have never promised to
> be a maintainer.  One day my name shows up in the MAINTAINER file and
> that was it!  

I don't know who did that without consulting you -- but whoever did
it, most likely did it to acknowledge and in appreciation of your
contributions -- not to burden you with it.

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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