[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] ANNOUNCE: Moving Sugar to GPLv3+

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 07:39:43 EDT 2011


see question 6b from this Q&A from the 3rd International GPLv3
Conference (Barcelona, June 22-23, 2006):

Q6b: Second question, when people start to update their licences to
the new versions, how will that happen in practice?

RMS: In practice, any program that says it can be distributed under
GPL version two "or later" will automatically be available under GPL
version 3, but, when people make subsequent releases, they can change
that to say "GPL version 3 or later", that's what we will do in
subsequent releases of GNU software.

(I remember this because it was I who recorded all of the video &
audio that day)


On Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 1:47 AM, Chris Ball <cjb at laptop.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Fri, Apr 22 2011, Chris Ball wrote:
>> I think you've repeatedly ignored Scott's claim that you can't modify
>> COPYING or the source files because that would be *changing* the
>> license, rather than taking advantage of GPLv3 redistribution rights.
>> Can you ask Brett or someone at the FSF what the right thing to do is?
> I chatted with some FSF staffers on IRC, they agree with Bernie's
> interpretation that modifying COPYING and the source headers *is*
> the way that you "choose to redistribute under the GPLv3+ instead",
> and that it's a modification of the license that was explicitly
> allowed ahead of time by the "or later" clause.
> They haven't yet been able to find any documentation that explains
> this or backs it up, though.
> - Chris.
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