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From Andrew Stitcher <astitc...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: License question
Date Mon, 29 Jun 2009 21:52:32 GMT
On Mon, 2009-06-29 at 17:30 -0400, Ted Ross wrote:
> I would like to add a new m4 macro definition (AC_PROG_SWIG) to the CPP 
> build directory but it has the following license text.  I understand 
> that GPLv2 is not compatible with the Apache license but I don't know if 
> the stated exceptions make it ok to incorporate this source.

IANAL! But looking at the license below I think that the exceptions only
apply to scripts generated by the m4 macros. This being the case I think
that the macros themselves are licensed purely via GPLv2.

If we wanted to include just the generated configure script then it
looks to me like that is ok, but the m4 macros aren't

> Can someone with more legal knowledge that I have weigh in on this?

As I said IANAL and this "legal" advice is worth what you paid for
it :-)


> Thanks,
> -Ted
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