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Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:44:54 +0100
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Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

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>   > It has been a while since I last read through the FSF GPL FAQs on this, 
>   > so maybe copyright has been weakened, but I thought that dynamic linking 
>   > does not avoid the GPL.
> Our position is that dynamic linking makes a combination covered by
> the GPL -- provided the code _as distributed_ is designed for linking
> the parts together.
> Combinations that the user decides to make, which are not prearranged
> by code that gets distributed, are not limited by the GPL.  This is
> true regardless of how the parts get linked.
>   > Could Emacs require plugins to state compliance with the GPL in order to 
>   > be loaded, like GCC requires?
> If Emacs supports plug-ins, it should definitely handle this as GCC does.

If our only option to combine Emacs and GCC is to implement this in a
manner where neither GCC nor Emacs can be considered a separate
application any more, then we won't be combining Emacs and GCC.

Copyright can be made to cover extensibility.  But it will stop at
interoperability of preexisting applications.

David Kastrup

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