Re: A possible GFDL compromise
Quoting paul cannon (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> How about this scenario:
> 1- A hostile group gets control of the FSF (treachery, trickery,
> bribery, lawsuits, ...?)
> 2- They release a new version of the GPLv4, which states that "this
> software should be treated as released into the public domain"
Yes, this (less restriction) is the only GPLv3 scenario that could
arguably injure the interest of coders specifying "GPLv2 or any later
version" permission grants: Such covered code then becomes free /
open-source but non-copyleft, against its owners' intent. Most would
call that outcome (1) astronomically unlikely and (2) not very harmful,
People worried about that, or just wanting to handle licence evolution
manually through new releases with changed terms (caveat: necessitating
agreement among all copyright holders affected) will eschew the "or any
later version" clause. Those wanting FSF to be able to fix licence
problems (e.g., resulting from court decisions) without needing a
unanimous accord among copyright holder will include it.
Cheers, "Send a policeman, and have it arrested."
Rick Moen -- Otto von Bismarck, when asked what he
email@example.com would do if the British Army landed.