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

Hi Dimitri,

On Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:22:09 +0000, Dimitri John Ledkov <xnox@debian.org>
> But GPL text does confuse me as a whole, no modifications nor derivate
> works of the GPL license text are allowed, and the original text has
> "and later" clause - is licensing without "and later" constitues
> modification of the GPL license text, which is prohibited and thus all
> GPL licensed software is, in-fact, with "and later" clause?

The GPL itself discusses this, in section 9 in GPL v2 and in section 14 in
GPL v3. The notice that mentions the version you apply to your code comes
after the "END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS" line, so it's not actually part of
the license (although it is part of the license document, which is what the
"verbatim" clause applies to, in its entirety). When you apply the terms to
your code, as I understand it, you're allowed to choose whichever version of
the license you prefer, with or without the "or later" clause; you're not
modifying the license document itself so that's OK.


(IANAL and all that)

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