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

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: copyright issues and derivative work (the case of matlab-mode)
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2021 09:59:36 +0200

> From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
> Cc: oub@mat.ucm.es, emacs-devel@gnu.org
> Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2021 00:31:22 -0500
>   > > > You should always commit with --author set to the author's name.  The
>   > > > attribution should be as accurate as possible, regardless of whether
>   > > > the contribution is legally significant.
> Perhaps we should send a message about this point
> to each person with commit access.  Our committers would more
> reliably do it, with this reminder.

That is unlikely to have any effect, down the way.  People easily
forget this stuff.  And the list of people with commit access is very
long.  The message I posted to emacs-devel, which you quote, is likely
to have the same or better effect, because everyone who is actively
involved reads it.

We have this spelled out in CONTRIBUTE already:

  ** Committing changes by others

  If committing changes written by someone else, commit in their name,
  not yours.  You can use 'git commit --author="AUTHOR"' to specify a
  change's author.

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