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Re: [RFC] syntax highlighting
- From: Keith Seitz <keiths at redhat dot com>
- To: "'Th.R.Klein'" <Th dot R dot Klein at web dot de>
- Cc: Jon Beniston <jbeniston at compxs dot com>, insight at sources dot redhat dot com
- Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 11:33:14 -0700
- Subject: Re: [RFC] syntax highlighting
- References: <200508251805.j7PI5q4A015633@mx1.redhat.com>
Jon Beniston wrote:
Sorry but I do not understand where I've done something that
violates the existing copyright.
Correct -- you haven't done anything wrong in any way even remotely
As far as I'm interpreting this, I'm allowed to modify the
by adding the syntax highlighting stuff to it.
You are. If you want to take all the source and start your own fork that's
Red Hat itself might have a set of rules which kind of
modification they accept and which they will reject.
The only reason I can see why you need to assign copyright is so that Red
Hat can license Insight under a different (non-free) license. But maybe I'm
being a tad cynical.
Well, I can't speak for that, because I'm pretty sure Red Hat is
finished with Insight (so much so that I can't even get 10 minutes from
an attorney to sign paperwork assigning Red Hat's copyrights to the FSF).
I am simply following the FSF's rules for development. If you make a
non-trivial change to the code (and I'm usually quite generous with what
I consider trivial), we need to have you (and your employer, if
necessary) assign copyright to us. [For a more official explanation of
why this is done, see
In Insight's case, the compelling reason AFAIAC is specifically for the
dream of one day assigning all of insight over to the FSF. If the FSF
suspects for a moment that some chunk of code doesn't have sufficient
legal proof that we own the copyright, it will be rejected.