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Re: GPL "or any greater version"

Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> writes:

> On Thu, Aug 26, 2004 at 10:45:28PM -0400, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
>> Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> writes:
>> > On Thu, Aug 26, 2004 at 09:32:51PM -0400, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
>> >> No, because it specifically says that it's at *my* option -- the
>> >> recipients -- both in the grant "GPL v2 or, at your option, any later
>> >> version" and in GPL 9.
>> >
>> > The question isn't what permissions you can use; it's which permissions
>> > *you must grant* to others.  That is, is not granting permission to use
>> > newer versions of the GPL--which is, essentially, a restriction--a violation
>> > of GPL #6?
>> No, it's not essentially a restriction -- it's a failure to grant a
>> permission, which is different.  GPL 2 says only that I must
> The "All rights reserved" license (no permissions) fails to grant
> permission to distribute modified works.  It's equivalent to a
> restriction prohibiting them--just sides of a coin.

That's relative to the default ARR license.  I'm talking relative to
the license I had and used, which at my option can be GPL v2 alone.
The "or any later..." part never hits me.


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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