On 18 May 2000, William M. Perry wrote:
Date: 18 May 2000 14:34:29 -0500
From: William M. Perry <wmperry(a)aventail.com>
To: Toni Brkic <Toni.Brkic(a)st.com>
Subject: Re: Hi
Toni Brkic <Toni.Brkic(a)st.com> writes:
> I read the Emacs vs XEmacs and I have an question that I am curious of.
> Emacs is based on FSF emacs19 which is gpl, doesnt that make XEmacs GPL?
> I have this question since Stallman is ranting about that emacs developer
> cant use code that is in XEmacs for emacs.
XEmacs is GPLd, richard's problem is that the FSF does not own the
copyright, so would not be able to defend a combined work in court. For
some code in XEmacs, the author is either unknown, or they are (or their
employer is) unwilling to assign copyright to the FSF,
So, XEmacs code *can* be used by anyone, but Stallman chooses not to
use the code.