Re: Death of a copyright holders (was: [debian-vote] Amendment: invariant-less in main (Re: GR Proposal: GFDL statement)
martin f. krafft <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I stumbled over this statement in an email from the KDE team to
> > For the record, relicensing most of our documentation will be
> > impossible.
Not a can-do attitude.
> > There are several people with stated objections to using
> > the GPL for documentation,
Nothing you can do about them.
> > many people we have no way of contacting,
Have to find them or rewrite, indeed.
> > and a couple who are no longer alive, which makes them fairly
> > difficult to contact.
Contacting their heirs would hopefully not be difficult. See below.
> I am curious: what happens to his/her copyrights when a person dies,
> specifically wrt licence choice. Do people just assume that the
> deceased didn't ever want to change the licence?
Copyrights are inherited. Their heirs have the right to relicense.