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Re: copyright issues and derivative work (the case of matlab-mode)

From: Uwe Brauer
Subject: Re: copyright issues and derivative work (the case of matlab-mode)
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 09:06:53 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/29.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> "SM" == Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> writes:

>> The question is should I «rewrite» the repository changing commits and
>> trying to add the name of the authors before it will, hopefully one day
>> enter ELPA?

> As long as the code is not in `elpa.git`, it's up to you to decide
> whether to perform such rewrites.  Once it's in `elpa.git` such rewrites
> should be avoided at (almost) all cost.

That is what I thought.

> It sounds like a lot of work and could lead to trouble for other people
> who're tracking your repository, so I probably wouldn't do it if I were you.

Right, after some thinking I decided not to start with it, GNU emacs
has also been transformed many times, from RCS(?) To CVS to bazzarr to

Its first commit reads 
| ◍  commit 0:ce5584125c44a1a2fbb46e810459c50b227a95e2
|    Author: Jim Blandy <jimb@redhat.com>
|    Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1985 00:48:29 +0000
|    entered into RCS

Which has we discussed some time ago is impossible since redhat was
Founded: March 26, 1993, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States,
according to wikipedia 😝.

So a repository this old is different from one started freshly with git
or mercurial.

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