On 2015-07-27, at 18:54, Eric S Fraga <e.fr...@ucl.ac.uk> wrote: > On Monday, 27 Jul 2015 at 18:01, Marcin Borkowski wrote: > > [...] > >> And what if I explicitly want people to be able to use my code in >> a proprietary software? Or if I just want to use the "Unlicense"? Or >> if I don't want to use GPL on principle? (And if I still consider Emacs > > You are perfectly able to do all of the above with *your* code. What > you cannot do is "unlicense" my code which I may have released under > GPL. This is the crux. I, and others, have not released our codes to > be used however *you* see fit. We have released them under GPL which > was our decision.
Nope. As stated by someone here (Oleh, I guess), if I (require 'org), or possibly even just write Elisp, and want to distribute it, it has to be GPL. > If your code is not based on mine (or any other code released under > GPL), then by all means do what you want with it and give whatever > rights away you wish. If, however, it is based on GPL, you cannot do > so. Also, see my other post to see what I mean by "being based" in this context. It boils down to the question "how much of other code (even rather generic parts) can I take and still consider this *my* code)". And this is still not clear. > If you write a new exporter based purely on the documented API for use > with org, you can distribute that perfectly fine with whatever licence > you wish, AFAIK. If you take an existing exporter and modify it for > your target, then you cannot do other than release with GPL. Likewise > for your tutorial: if it refers to org documentation (e.g. link to Worg > or (info)), that is fine; if it includes org documentation, you are back > to having to release using GPL. > > (I'm not a lawyer -- the above is based on my understanding of the > intent of those of us using GPL as part of org.) I'm glad to hear that we (more or less) agree. I'm less glad that quite probably we are mistaken. > I'm off to make dinner now... :-) > > cheers, > eric Best, -- Marcin Borkowski http://octd.wmi.amu.edu.pl/en/Marcin_Borkowski Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science Adam Mickiewicz University