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Re: migrating away from the FDL

On Sat, Jul 19, 2003 at 06:26:17PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> No, this is not a mail about large-scale bugs I intend to file about
> packages using the FDL. It's about 'how do I relicense stuff in non-FDL
> licenses'.

> In the past few years, I wrote some manpages and one larger document
> which I all licensed under the FDL. Although I did not read the FDL's
> text at the time, due to the fuzz I heard being made about the FDL I
> recently did so, and although I do not agree with all the arguments I've
> seen in this mailinglist's archives, I certainly do agree with some of
> them. As a result, I want to relicense all my FDL-licensed documents
> under another license (GPLv2).

> My question is: what's the right way to do this? If all contributors
> agree, can I just drop the FDL from my 'legalese' paragraphs, replacing
> it with a reference to the GPL, or do I have to mention the fact that
> previous versions were licensed under the FDL? Do I have to wait for a
> new update of those documents, or can I just go ahead and change the
> license without changing the licensed text?

If the copyright holders all agree, you can relicense it however you
want.  There's no requirement that the work be changed before the
license can be changed.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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