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Re: OK to distribute autoconf.texi under the GPL too?

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: OK to distribute autoconf.texi under the GPL too?
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 10:46:37 -0600 (CST)

On Sun, 19 Dec 2004, Paul Eggert wrote:

Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> writes:

One approach that Autoconf could take is to provide a special
exception so that any sample code copied from the documentation is
licensed under the GPL or LGPL rather than GFDL.

Thanks for this suggestion.  At the end of this message is a proposed
patch along those lines.  Would this patch be enough to satisfy the
Debian folks?

The patch is not quite right. Programs are a derived work in executable form based on source code. The source code itself is not usually the program (except for plain-text scripts). The terms need to cover document content which becomes part of the source for a program as GPL defines a "program". In other words, if someone copies ten lines of sample code, those ten lines of sample code are unlikely to comprise a "program" but are used in conjunction with other code to provide the basis for a "program".

Bob Friesenhahn

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