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Re: Unibyte characters, strings, and buffers

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: Unibyte characters, strings, and buffers
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:04:40 +0900

Eli Zaretskii writes:

 > The main issue here, at least for me is, once Mr. X _did_ describe
 > such an implementation, is it OK for someone else, who is not
 > familiar with the actual code, to re-implement it from scratch, and
 > then submit it to Emacs as their own, under assigned copyright.  My
 > conclusion from everything I know and read is that YES, it is OK.

I'd risk it.  But it's not the classic "clean-room" reimplementation
where the behavior of the original in response to various inputs
(vs. "internal structure" etc) is used as a specification
(vs. "design") for the clone.

For Emacs, you'd have to ask an FSF lawyer.

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