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Re: GPLv2-only considered harmful [was Re: GnuTLS in Debian]

On Sat, Jan 04, 2014 at 05:07:29PM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> This goes for GPLvX "or later", but also for other "or later" licenses,
> where they exist.
> I'm convinced that the GPLv2 is a free license, but I'm so far undecided
> on the GPLv3 (mainly because I've not read the license text in much
> detail myself yet since it's far too long and I just never had the time).
> How is that in any way antisocial?

Because licensing is a social activity and you're making it all about you.

I could go waste my time making up a license that addresses only the
things I care about.  It wouldn't have an attribution requirement.
It would terminate on trademark-related legal action.  It would thus
be incompatible with every other copyleft license out there.

This wouldn't just be a colossal waste of time, it would be antisocial
because any code under this license would be deliberately incompatible
with anything else FOR NO GOOD REASON.

I once licensed something under GPLv2-only because I was afraid of
what v3 might bring, but that turned out to be stupid and I'm glad
someone yelled at me to fix it early on, because it was incompatible

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