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Re: Automake and GPLv3

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Automake and GPLv3
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 20:47:45 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

Hello Brett,

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* Brett Smith wrote on Mon, Jul 09, 2007 at 04:56:23PM CEST:
> On Sat, Jun 30, 2007 at 07:49:53PM +0200, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> > However, the current Automake maintainer has very little time, and my
> > time is rather finite, too.  I can work to get branch-1-10 into shape
> > for 1.10.1, but I suppose it will take some days -- one necessary step
> > of which will be to move the Automake code itself to GPLv3+ plus
> > exceptions as the current code: the files which are copied into user
> > projects have this additional clause:
> > 
> > # As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you
> > # distribute this file as part of a program that contains a
> > # configuration script generated by Autoconf, you may include it under
> > # the same distribution terms that you use for the rest of that program.
> > 
> > Can this be left as-is for GPLv3 or does it need to be adjusted?
> We've decided to handle exceptions very deliberately.  We definitely do
> want to update all of them just to use the proper vocabulary if nothing
> else -- for example, the exception should declare itself as an additional
> permission as per section 7.  We also want to try to consolidate the
> exceptions, so that everybody's who's trying to accomplish the same thing
> has the same exception text.
> We're waiting another week to let exceptions roll in, and then well start
> reviewing them with our lawyers.  Hopefully you'll hear back from me
> shortly after that.

Any news on this licensing issue in Automake yet, or is it even one
that needs any more work at all?

Please note that Libtool is waiting for a licensing clarification as
well, before moving to anything-v3.

Cheers, and thanks,

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